'Mindy Project' moving to Hulu after Fox opts out

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The Mindy Project will return for a fourth season -; and possibly more -; on Hulu.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Fox has passed on bringing back the critical darling but low-rated series for a fourth season with studio Universal Television in talks with Hulu for a multiple-season renewal for the Mindy Kaling romantic comedy. Hulu and Universal Television declined comment, but sources tell THR that the renewal would likely be for two seasons.

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Never much of a force in the ratings, The Mindy Project boasts a steady performance. It's showing during the 2014-15 season lost little steam from the year before, averaging a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers (with time-shifting).

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THE MINDY PROJECT -- 'Best Man' Episode 321 -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri -- (Photo by: Adam Taylor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE MINDY PROJECT -- 'No More Mr. Noishe Guy' Episode 314 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, Chris Messina as Danny Castellano -- (Photo by: Beth Dubber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE MINDY PROJECT -- 'Danny Castellano is My Nutritionist' Episode 317 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, Chris Messina as Danny Castellano -- (Photo by: Adam Taylor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE MINDY PROJECT: Mindy Kaling returns as Dr. Mindy Lahiri. The third season of THE MINDY PROJECT premieres Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
THE MINDY PROJECT -- 'Christmas' Episode 311 -- Pictured: Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri -- (Photo by: Beth Dubber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 26: Actress Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project arrives at a screening of Fox TV's new Tuesday night comedies at Santa Monica College's Broad Stage on August 26, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Photo of the cast courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, taken during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest, honoring The Mindy Project at the Saban Theatre, Friday March 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
Photo of Mindy Kaling courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, taken during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest, honoring The Mindy Project at the Saban Theatre, Friday March 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
Photo of Mindy Kaling, left, and Ike Barinholtz courtesy of Samsung Galaxy, taken during the Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest, honoring The Mindy Project at the Saban Theatre, Friday March 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
"The Mindy Project" cast members Anna Camp, Chris Messina, Mindy Kaling and Ed Weeks attend the FOX network upfront presentation party at Wollman Rink, Monday, May 14, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: 'The Mindy Project' creator/producer Mindy Kaling speaks onstage at the 'Behind The Laughs' panel during the FOX Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: 'The Mindy Project' creator/producer Mindy Kaling speaks onstage at the 'Behind The Laughs' panel during the FOX Network portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress/executive producer Mindy Kaling (L) and musician John Mayer talk at The Hollywood Reporter's celebration of 'The Mindy Project' starring Mindy Kaling at Skybar on August 25, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Adam Pally and Mindy Kaling attend the Awardsline/Deadline screening of 'The Mindy Project' at Landmark Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Awardsline/Deadline)
Chris Messina, left, and Mindy Kaling accept the most exciting new show #5 award for "The Mindy Project" onstage at the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday June 18, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
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The series -; co-starring Chris Messina -; always fared especially well with multiplatform views, however, drawing much of its streaming audience from Hulu.

Mindy Project ended its third season with a cliffhanger in March, with Kaling telling THR that she refuses to "create under the assumption of failure" and had preliminary talks with Universal Television's Bela Bajaria about where the series would go in a potential fourth season.

"I just think there are more stories," Kaling told THR about jumping networks should Fox opt out. "I do think there's more to tell, and I think fans would be disappointed not to see more adventures with these characters. But I came from a show [The Office] that I was on for eight seasons, and it continued for another year after that, so I am accustomed to long runs of television shows. I would be up for that challenge."

In its three-season run Mindy Project has always lived on the bubble. Originally greenlit under former Fox president Kevin Reilly, Mindy factored into the executive's niche comedy brand that, under new Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman have since abandoned in favor of a broad approach to comedy offerings.

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Sources told THR that Kaling and Reilly had been in regular communication following Mindy's season finale about potentially bringing the comedy to Reilly-controlled TBS, which itself is facing a comedy reinvention with a slate of all-new programming. Ultimately, it was Hulu who stepped up after multiple outlets including NBCUniversal-owned cabler Bravo -; which has featured Mindy marathons -; expressed interest.

For Hulu, the Mindy acquisition comes as the streaming service has been bulking up on original scripted programming with pricey buys from the major studios. Mindy marks Universal Television's second series at Hulu, where it joins Jason Katims-produced drama The Way as well as comedy Difficult People, which hails from Universal's cable-focused arm Universal Cable Productions.

Mindy joins a roster of originals that also includes Jason Reitman's Lionsgate-produced comedy Casual and Warner Bros. Television miniseries 11/22/63, starring James Franco.
Keep up with all the renewals, cancellations and new series orders with THR's handy Scorecard.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@THR.com
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