It’s been 114 days since the last episode of The Mindy Project aired on Hulu, but who’s counting? The show was heartbreakingly canceled last year after six seasons, a network switch-up, and (SPOILER ALERT) the Mindy and Danny happy ending we have all been waiting for. However, if you’re still having Mindy withdrawals, don’t despair because Mindy Kaling is heading back to TV with her new show Champions, premiering tonight!
But why was her show axed in the first place? Well, “axed” might be too strong a word. The Mindy Project simply came to an end as Mindy began to add more projects to her portfolio. Along with Champions, she is set to star in the upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time and the all-female reboot Ocean’s 8.
“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’s head of content Craig Erwich said at the time. Mindy also had no hard feelings toward the streaming platform, adding, “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.”
So, what can viewers expect from Mindy’s new show, which she is also executive producing? Along with appearances from Mindy Project alums Anders Holm (Pastor Casey) and Fortune Feimster (Colette), the series will feature the 38-year-old actress in the recurring role of Priya. In the pilot episode, Priya reconnects with Anders’ character Vince, who is the deadbeat father of her 15-year-old son Michael (played by J.J. Totah), only to drop off their son in his Brooklyn apartment so he can attend an exclusive performing arts school.
Champions will center around Vince and Michael’s relationship as they get to know each other — and according to The New York Times, it’s off to a “winning start.” Mindy even gushed about the review on her Instagram page. “Thanks @nytimes for this great review of #Champions! It premieres tomorrow after Will & Grace on @nbc,” she wrote. “Everyone check it out! (Also: I am not the star of the show and I co-created it with my hilarious friend @cbgrandy, but sure, I will take all the credit).”
Whether you tune in or not, just remember that you can always binge-watch old Mindy Project episodes whenever you want. #Blessed.