‘The Mindy Project’ Promises ‘the Romantic Comedy Isn’t Over’

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Is this the end of the romance between The Mindy Project’s central couple, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina)? During last December’s midseason finale, the bickering docs could not agree on having more children together. But as Mindy now contemplates moving back into her old apartment, executive producer Matt Warburton hints that there is still hope for the couple. “The romantic comedy isn’t over yet,” Warburton promises. “We are playing through the complexities of a real adult relationship, but these episodes are definitely lighter in tone, and now that they have a kid, there is no version of this world where they’re not in each other’s lives.”

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Mindy and Danny’s romantic hiccups also resonate through the medical practice and affect their coworkers, notably nurse Morgan (Ike Barinholtz). “You’ll see Morgan crying,” Warburton says with a laugh. “These are people who cannot keep their business at home.” But Morgan might find a connection of his own this season with guest star Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), who plays a woman at the center of a love triangle between Morgan and ob-gyn Jody (Garret Dillahunt). “Morgan’s going to be trying for love, striking out and trying again,” Warburton says. “But he’ll still be disgusting and have a lot of problems.”

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Other new faces popping up on the series this half-season include R&B artist Ne-Yo as an adversary for Mindy, late-night host Seth Meyers (who previously guested on the series but this time plays himself) and another Walking Dead star, Ross Marquand. “Everyone on our show is obsessed with The Walking Dead, so we squeeze in cast members during their hiatus,” says Warburton, who also has an idea for a zombie crossover: “Maybe just Ike with limited makeup.” Scary!

The Mindy Project, Tuesday, April 12, Hulu