Last of Mindy Project on Hulu streamers' lineup

Posted: September 21, 2017 at 1:52 a.m.

The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling, is in its sixth and final season on Hulu. Mindy may be married on the show now, but the laughs are far from over.

A growing number of viewers, especially younger viewers, are cutting the cable and turning to streaming services for their television programming. Although I subscribe to the Big 3 (Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime), I still rely on my cable service 96 percent of the time.

But I'm old and set in my ways. How old? Old enough to have watched Little Rock native Gail Davis on Annie Oakley before she sold Coleman milk. That's old.

If I were a hip and happening millennial like our son, I'd be scoffing at the Luddites and bragging about embracing the future.

Hey! Get off my lawn!

Meanwhile, we have a momentary lull before next week's inundation of new and returning broadcast network shows. Let's take a look at what Hulu has in store for fall.

We'll start with The Mindy Project, a former Fox series that moved to Hulu and began its sixth and final season Sept. 12.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times about the final season, series creator/star Mindy Kaling said, "I don't think there was ever a moment where I knew definitively that I wanted it to end or that it needed to end, because I love the show so much. It's one of those things where it felt natural both for the character and me."

It took five seasons, but Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Kahling) has finally found herself a husband and step-daughter, but is now wondering if this was what she really wanted.

How will it all end?

Kaling said, "There's a nice surprise that happens to her where you're, like, OK, the part of her that we love isn't dead -- the part of her that's optimistic and believes in romance."

There are 10 episodes in the final season.

Chance, Oct. 11, 10 episodes. It's Season 2 of the series that features Hugh Laurie (House) as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist who gets sucked into a dangerous world. In the new season, Chance is coerced into helping take down a serial killer.

I Love You, America, Oct. 12, 10 episodes. This weekly, half-hour talk show features comedian Sarah Silverman. In each episode, Silverman will have a monologue, studio segments and stuff on the street where she'll tap into "real-life sentiments."

Freakish, Oct. 18, 10 episodes. Season 2 of the horror series finds the Kent High students still trapped inside by the explosion of the nearby chemical plant that turned some into mutated freaks. Relationships will be tested, friendships will be lost and enemies made.

Too Funny to Fail, Oct. 12. This documentary deals with the stunning failure of 1996's The Dana Carvey Show, a sketch comedy series that had all the components to be a huge success. Example: In the writers' room were future stars Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel and Charlie Kaufman.

The series that was too funny to fail lasted seven episodes before ABC pulled the plug.

Obey Giant, Nov. 11. This is a documentary on influential street artist Shepard Fairey.

Future Man, Nov. 14, 13 episodes. This new sci-fi series stars Josh Hutcherson(Peeta in The Hunger Games) as a janitor by day and a video gamer by night. He's recruited by "mysterious visitors" to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity.

Also in the cast are Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Haley Joel Osment, Keith David, Glenne Headly and Ed Begley Jr.

Marvel's Runaways, Nov. 21, 10 episodes. Adapted from the Marvel superhero comic book series, the new drama follows six diverse teens who can barely stand one another, but band together when they discover their parents are evil, evil criminals.

Bonus: James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is one of the parents.

East Los High: Finale Event, Dec. 1. Season 4 ended on a cliffhanger and this hour special, set eight months later, wraps up the series.

Shut Eye, Dec. 6, 10 episodes. The second season continues to follow the misadventures of scamming storefront psychic/fortuneteller Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice) and his con artist wife Linda (KaDee Strickland, Private Practice).

Bonus: Isabella Rossellini returns in the role of gangster matriarch Rita Marks.

MEANWHILE

Gotham returns for Season 4 at 7 p.m. today on Fox. The Batman prequel stars Ben McKenzie as the young James Gordon.

Zoo ends its Season 3 run at 9 p.m. today on CBS. Will our heroes stop the hybrids from breaching the barrier wall? I'm betting they will.

Battlestar Galactica's two-part 2003 miniseries encores at 7 p.m. Friday on Syfy. That will lead into a Season 1 marathon Saturday and Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. each day.

All 76 episodes will be available on demand for 30 days starting Friday.

The TV Column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Email: mstorey@arkansasonline.com

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