'Ben and Kate' & 'The Mindy Project' Get Full Season Orders

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October 8th, 2012

via press release:






FOX has picked up six additional episodes of BEN AND KATE and nine additional episodes of THE MINDY PROJECT, bringing both new Tuesday night comedies to full-season orders, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“BEN AND KATE and THE MINDY PROJECT have everything we want to stand for in comedy: smart writing, hugely appealing casts and comedy that feels contemporary and real - which is why we’re confident they will continue to build on what is already an appointment comedy night for young, influential audiences on Tuesdays,” said Reilly.


In tomorrow’s all-new episode of BEN AND KATE, “The Fox Hunt,” airing Tuesday, Oct. 9, (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, BEN (Nat Faxon) and KATE (Dakota Johnson) discover an unopened envelope from 15 years ago that contains the yearly scavenger hunt their dad used to organize for them when they were kids. The find prompts them to complete the unfinished hunt, with BJ (Lucy Punch), TOMMY (Echo Kellum) and MADDIE’s (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) help, but raises old issues of sibling rivalry. Meanwhile, the scavenger hunt takes an unexpected detour when BJ enlists Kate to help get her belongings back from an old fling.


In the all-new “In The Club” episode of THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), SHAUNA (Amanda Setton) takes the office to the hottest nightclub in town, where MINDY (Mindy Kaling) meets an unlikely suitor (guest star Tommy Dewey) who works as a lawyer for the New York Knicks. Meanwhile, DANNY (Chris Messina) hits the dance floor, JEREMY (Ed Weeks) hits on a bride-to-be, and MORGAN (guest star Ike Barinholtz) unexpectedly makes some extra cash as the club’s bathroom attendant. Season to date, THE MINDY PROJECT is the No. 1 new comedy among Adults 18-34.


From writer/executive producer Dana Fox (NEW GIRL, “What Happens in Vegas”) and executive producer/director Jake Kasdan (NEW GIRL, “Bad Teacher”), BEN AND KATE follows a pair of odd-couple siblings – one, an overly responsible single mom; the other, an exuberant dreamer – and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.


BEN AND KATE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment. The series is created and written by Dana Fox. The series is executive-produced by Fox, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Jake Kasdan. “Like” BEN AND KATE on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BenandKate. Follow the series on Twitter @BenandKateFOX and join the discussion at #benandkate.


Created and written by Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), THE MINDY PROJECT stars Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN trying to balance both her personal and professional life.


THE MINDY PROJECT is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. The series is created and written by Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Howard Klein (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”), Matt Warburton (THE SIMPSONS) and Michael Spillman (“Modern Family”) are executive producers. “Like” THE MINDY PROJECT on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheMindyProject. Follow the series on Twitter @MindyProjectFOX and join the discussion at #themindyproject.




  • Shabbir

    Are you kidding me? :shock: Whats next.. The Mob doctor gets a full season as well. Off to check what TvBN thoughts about the prospects of these 2 shows.

  • SarahL

    I am pleased about The Mindy Project. I really like it.

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “If AppleStinx comes around he can ignore my comment above.”

    I think it has become charitable to ignore your posts containing the word “poll” or “bet”. Either that or ignore your credibility when it comes to predictions. I’ll do the latter and read about your latest by-the-numbers mishap. :lol:

  • AnaSu

    I’m Happy. Now they just need to keep Raising Hope as well as air The Goodwin Games.. Why not? Don’t they do that with Animation Domination on Sunday? There are five different shows alternating.. Cleveland Show, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Simpsons and American Dad.

  • j

    Well Mob Doctor is likely on its way out and they only have 2 shows in the pipeline, so why not?

  • Fake Me Out


    Fox is announcing these pick-ups early so they don’t look as desperate doing it in a few weeks when the ratings are even worse … they reached for another arrow and found the quiver is empty so theys gots ta stick with what they have come hell or high water. The other nets are probably in similar boats, plummeting ratings and little to nothing held back in reserve.

    Isn’t one definition of insanity that you continue to do the same thing over and over and keep expecting different results? Other than the contraction I predict for 2015 perhaps broadcast nets should take a look around and see if there is another way to try to do business. Other countries and cable do just fine with seasons that are from 6 to 16 episodes … I think it’s time the broadcast nets start looking at limited run series for at least some of their schedules. 2 series of 13 episodes gives a net 2 at bats to find a hit plus fewer repeats since 13+13=26 which is better than the 22~24 “normal” full season. And a 13 ep season leaves less time for filler or lesser quality material.

    At some point the nets can’t keep upping their ad rates to compensate for smaller ratings share … there comes a point where other means of advertising are just more cost effective.



    At least they’re showing confidence in these shows (for whatever reason) (ie) they’re in such a quandry (ie) aye, me

    Tues must be the answer, since Go On & The New Normal fared the same last week

  • AJ

    I know Fox’s comedy block is a monster in 18-34 but is that enough to renew these shows with those numbers?

  • MoHasanie

    Strange renewals. Probably don’t have anything to replace them with.

  • Californiadgd


  • Tony ^_^

    Didn’t see that one coming. O.o If both these shows can get renewals with LESS than a 2.0 rating, “New Girl” might as well get a third season renewal! :D

  • Tony ^_^

    Not renewals! I meant *full-season pick-ups.

  • jT

    New Girl” might as well get a third season renewal!

    @tony you must love trolling fans with that nonsense.

  • fringewillget5seasons

    How desperate is Fox? Even NBC would hesitate to pick up full orders of these two clunkers.

  • NBC is awesome

    The Mindy project is really good, shame it’s on FOX.

  • carigis

    wow.. two horrible show. The least funny star from the office and ben and kate which is 100% not funny.. at all. What is fox thinking.

  • Samuel

    Yay! I’ve heard Ben & Kate is good and I LOVE The Mindy Project, it’s by far my favorite comedy on right now. Plus, the 2nd episode was miles better than the first, so hopefully the ratings will follow that pattern.

  • Ike

    Like AJ said, these shows must be doing really well in the 18-34 demo. Or better than anything Fox can think of, anyway. Also, the potential syndication value for sitcoms is enormous. That doesn’t help them with Mindy because that show is owned by NBC-Universal, but they’ll give B&K a lot of rope in the hopes that it will catch on.

    @Fake Me Out, that’s a strange point to bring up in this thread. If you are talking about sitcoms, no way. Sitcoms and episodic crime dramas will always go to 22 a year if successful because of all the hungry, hungry, hungry hundreds of U.S. channels (mostly cable) which will throw $$$$$$$ at syndicated reruns. That’s the difference between the U.S. and other countries — we have more established channels clamoring for syndicated reruns to fill their empty gaping maws.

    However, Fox WILL be trying your strategy with The Following, which is 15 episodes a year. But that may just be because Kevin Bacon doesn’t want to do more than 15 a year. If it’s serialized, 15 makes more sense. Serialized shows do not rerun well, so they do not have the same kind of syndication value — OTOH they can do well on DVD and on iTunes, etc., but that means they don’t need to reach 88 or 100 episodes for maximum potential profits. I wonder if Fox will pick up more serialized shows for only 13-15 a year.

  • Hubert R.

    and what about Goodwin Games? they will premiere it in late spring, once Ben & Kate is over?

  • Declan

    Hmmm… I did manage to watch both shows and frankly I have to say my opinion isn’t far off from what you guys are saying. Both shows are terrible and I don’t know what Fox is smoking to allow these shows to continue for a whole season. How many episodes have aired? I think 2 and their ratings are already below a 2. This probably means that Fox doesnt have high hopes for the Goodwin Game as a mode season replacement

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