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Mindy Project: Pop-Up Exes, a Killer Cousin and 6 More Season 3 Nuggets

The Mindy Project Season 3 Premiere Preview

Mindy and Danny finished The Mindy Project‘s second season in rom-com bliss, wrapped in each others’ arms, sprawled on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Happily ever after starts now, right?

Not so fast. As Season 3 starts (Fox, Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c), executive producer Matt Warburton says, the starry-eyed pair crash back to reality.

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The Mindy-Danny embrace that ended Season 2 “was really exciting to people,” says executive producer Matt Warburton. But the challenges of dating a co-worker – particularly co-workers as quirky as Danny and Mindy – will provide plenty of fodder for the season ahead.

“They’re both equally weird,” he says, laughing. “The attraction is a puzzle to both of them on some level. The other thing that keeps it fun is they almost don’t agree about anything, so you never run out of things that come between them.”

Among those possible problem-causers: ever-present exes, Mindy’s inability to stop meddling and the much-heralded Mama Castellano. Read on as Warburton gives TVLine the scoop on the premiere and beyond.

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BOW-CHICKA-WOW-WOW | Warburton previously said that Season 3 “is probably our dirtiest season,” and the first episode certainly backs up that sexy hypothesis. (The last two minutes, in particular, are likely to give your DVR’s rewind button a workout.) “There is a moment in the premiere that will hopefully blow people’s minds in that regard,” he adds. “Chris Messina is capable. He’s a versatile guy, and we’re going to go as far as we can push him. The fact that he was willing to do what we asked him to do – and you’ll see what I mean when you see it – was kind of incredible.”

ALL BETTER | Remember how Danny was hit by a cab on his way to the Empire State Building? “He has some broken bones and stuff, but he had the summer to recover and for Mindy to accommodate that, sexually, in their lives,” Warburton jokes.

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OUTTA MY WAY | Though Drs. L and C spend a lot of time together, they don’t live together… yet. “In the old days in the show, they always had somewhere else to go. When they were annoyed by each other, they could go home. They can’t do that anymore, because they’re always over at each others’ apartments or they’re at work,” he says. “Basically, it’s just increased the number of battlefields for them to have disagreements in.”

UNHAPPY RETURNS | “Nothing makes Danny more uncomfortable than being reminded about Mindy’s past,” Warburton teases, adding that Lahiri exes Cliff and Brendan Deslaurier still have offices in the building and will be on screen this season. “Danny’s surrounded, absolutely.”

TRANSFERRENCE | Though she’s not the third part of a “pretty sticky love triangle” involving Peter and Jeremy, Mindy “is definitely going to have a lot to say” about it,” Warburton previews, “which just causes everybody a lot of headache.” The Mindy Project Season 3 Premiere Preview

ROUGH GOING | Morgan and Tamra are “giving us the freedom to have the most rocky relationship that we have on our show,” Warburton says with a laugh. “But we have to be good to Morgan, because I think people don’t want to see a sad puppy dog, and that’s what Morgan is a lot of the time.”

SLAMMER FAMILY | Complicating things for Nurse Tookers, his recently sprung jailbird cousin Lou (played by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob McElhenney) will show up to be a bad – albeit funny – influence. Lou, who has a “Don’t Kill People” tattoo on his belly, is “someone who can actually get Morgan to backslide a little, which is fun to get to see Morgan do,” Warburton says.

MAMA’S HOME | Though she doesn’t show up in the premiere, Warburton gushed about Cheers alum Rhea Perlman as Danny’s mom, Annette Castellano. “You won’t believe how good she is,” he says. “It’s stunning.”



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  1. enri says:

    Sounds fun. Can’t wait to see how this season goes!

  2. You guys should recap TMP :)

  3. Laura says:

    Please please PLEASE don’t let Mindy Project turn as unwatchable as New Girl did now that the two romantic leads are together! Mindy is one of my favorite shows, I am absolutely obsessed with the chemistry between Danny and Mindy and I don’t want to see it crash like Nick and Jess did last season… it was rough

  4. kd83954 says:

    One of my favorite shows –I’m so stoked for this season!!

  5. jo jo jo says:

    I second the recap! TMP is one of the best shows on TV with NO Love… New Girl is plain awful..

  6. Jess says:

    Love this show! I hope more people start watching.

  7. Jess says:

    Click on my name to see the article I wrote about how much I love this show. :)

  8. murley says:

    So excited for everything coming this season. Sounds like they have interesting things in store for all the characters and than Danny and Mindy will be integrated into the storylines of the other characters and not just isolated in relationship drama (which is why I think New Girl suffered although I don’t think it got terrible as others seem to think)

  9. Ray says:

    If Danny’s mom will be featured this season, it’s only fair to have Mindy’s parents make an appearance as well.

  10. Cynthia Dillon says:

    I love the show !! And as I was reading the other comment, I so want to see Danny and Mindy together please don’t change anything !!!!!!!! I so don’t want it change like New Girl ! I was so disappointed to what they did with Nick and Jess and it makes it hard to watch that show… I love that first episode and cant wait for the following week …. PLEASE DON’T SCREW IT UP !!!!!!