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'The Mindy Project': Here's the premiere date and a preview of season 4 (+video)

'The Mindy Project' has moved from Fox to Hulu after being canceled by the network. Here's a look at what we can expect from the upcoming fourth season of the show starring Mindy Kaling.

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    'The Mindy Project' stars Mindy Kaling (l.) and Chris Messina (r.).
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An air date for the newest season of the Hulu comedy “The Mindy Project” has been set.

 “Mindy” aired on Fox for three seasons but was recently canceled by the network. The sitcom will now air its fourth season on the online streaming service Hulu. The show stars and was created by Mindy Kaling. It also stars Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz, Xosha Roquemore, and Ed Weeks.

The show centers on Mindy Lahiri (Kaling), an OB/GYN who is looking for love. On the show, Mindy is currently dating fellow doctor Danny (Messina) and is pregnant with his child.

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The fourth season of “Mindy” will debut in September and according to Hulu, the episodes will air weekly, rather streaming all installments at once, as often happens with shows on streaming service Netflix.

As for what to expect in the new episodes, one will include a look at what would happen if Mindy and Danny had fallen in love with different people – actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Freida Pinto will play those love interests. And executive producer Matt Warburton said that Mindy and Danny’s professions won’t mean they’re more prepared to have a child than the average person. Once Mindy has the baby, “she’s sort of at square one,” Warburton said.

Shows on cable and on streaming services often have more freedom than their network counterparts when it comes to racy or edgy content and even network shows have stretched limits lately, with the NBC show “Hannibal,” for one, being noted for its ultra-gory scenes. 

So it would be reasonable to think that the new season of “Mindy” might have more adult jokes than its previous seasons. However, if a show is switching from a network to a streaming home like “Mindy,” having more adult jokes can have drawbacks, Barinholtz pointed out recently. He said that younger viewers who have stuck with “Mindy” might be taken aback if those behind the scenes suddenly made the show's humor racier for the new season. “I think if we really changed the show too much, made it more risqué and made it tilt more toward stuff you might find on HBO or Showtime, I think we would maybe turn off some of our core viewers,” he said. “So we've really made a conscious effort to keep it similar in tone.”

“Mindy” will debut on Hulu on Sept. 15.

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