8:18am PT by Kate Stanhope
'The Mindy Project' Renewed for Sixth and Final Season at Hulu
The Mindy Project is closing up shop.
The Mindy Kaling-created comedy has been renewed for a sixth and final season at Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The final season will premiere this fall, but an exact episode count is not yet known.
“It has been an honor and a joy to work with Mindy and the entire creative team behind The Mindy Project. This series has been part of Hulu since we launched the service and, thanks to Mindy’s incredibly unique voice and vision, has remained one of our most popular and beloved series over the past five years,” Hulu head of content Craig Erwich said Wednesday in a statement. “While we can’t wait to see what Mindy has in store for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic sixth and final season, we know The Mindy Project will live on as fans will continue to watch, discover and relive all of the best moments from the complete series on Hulu.”
The news comes one day after the surprising season-five finale of the Universal Television half-hour, which ended with — spoiler alert — Kaling's character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri, marrying her boyfriend Ben (Bryan Greenberg).
Created by Kaling in 2013, The Mindy Project aired its first three seasons on Fox before the network canceled the comedy in 2015. Weeks later, Hulu resurrected the show with a massive 26-episode season-four order. The most recent fifth season of the series ran 14 episodes. Season five also saw The Mindy Project hit 100 episodes, and it is currently airing in syndication on Freeform and VH1.
It's true! Our 6th season will be our last but it'll be lit AF. Save your sour straws, bear claws & chicken wings for Sept #TheMindyProject— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) March 29, 2017
Kaling executive produces the series with showrunner Matt Warburton, Howard Klein, Charlie Grandy and Michael Spiller.
The move is also not surprising given Kaling's slew of other projects. The Office alum recently wrapped production on Ava DuVernay's film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and is set for the upcoming female-centered Ocean's 8. Kaling also recently sold a film script about a late-night talk-show host that Emma Thompson is attached to star in. Kaling will play the host's first female head writer in the pic, which Fox 2000 is producing.
Kaling also is exec producing a comedy pilot for NBC with Grandy in which she would recur if the show is picked up to series.
"You have dreams of one day directing movies or writing movies in addition to doing TV, and I think the wonderful thing about Hulu is, it's really let me express that side of me,” Kaling told THR last fall. "The shows are so much more cinematic, the characters are acting so much like real people because of the lack of restrictions that we have, the episodes can be longer. So that has really been able to train me into writing a little bit more for film and making the show cinematic.”
With the exception of Kaling, Ed Weeks and breakout Ike Barinholtz, who also serves as a writer/producer, The Mindy Project has undergone several cast shake-ups. Most recently, Kaling's onscreen love interest Chris Messina stepped down from series regular to recurring midway through season four. Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore and Fortune Feimster round the cast.
For Hulu, The Mindy Project's final season comes as the streamer begins to ramp up its own original comedy slate. In addition to returning series Difficult People and Casual, upcoming projects include Future Man from exec producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.