If you haven’t already heard, Fox’s “The Mindy Project”, starring Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina, was cancelled. The news was announced last week, to much disappointment but also a little hope.
Some fans are hoping that Hulu will pick up the show and produce it. This is a fairly new development, modeled after Yahoo who picked up Community after it was cancelled and Netflix who continued to produce Arrested Development (albeit, many years after it was cancelled). But should the show continue?
Let’s face it: The Mindy Project has been, at best, moderately funny and at worst, spotty and chaotic. The story lines are cliché and have become worse over time. The first season was by far my favorite, showing Mindy to be a ditz, but a smart, competent ditz with female friends and a flourishing love life. But soon enough, Mindy’s friends fell off the map, her job was basically nonexistent and the show revolved around her and Danny–for a while. Then, she left to open a fertility clinic in California, found out she was pregnant and came back to New York.
When the show was being threatened with cancellation, the writers threw every possible story in, hoping that something would stick. Pregnancy. Conflicts with the mother-in-law. Danny’s reluctance to get married. Season 3 ended with Mindy being pregnant and Danny making the “grand gesture” in true romcom style–he went to India to meet her parents.
I’m sad that I won’t get to see the end of this storyline. I was looking forward to actually meeting Mindy’s parents (and really wanted Anupam Kher to be her dad!), but I was not looking forward to seeing more of the sad jokes about Morgan being poor, more of Danny being a grumpy old curmudgeon who is skeptical about marriage, and watching Mindy and Danny raise a child doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of show I want to watch.
I’ll miss Mindy Kaling on television, and if Hulu picks The Mindy Project up, I’ll definitely watch. But I’m not convinced that this show needs to be continued.
What do you think about this cancellation? Disappointed? Relieved?