The Mindy Project, Hulu, The Mindy Project season 4

Fans were devastated when Fox canceled "The Mindy Project" earlier this month, but now, there's reason to rejoice: Hulu announced Friday that it has picked up the critically-beloved (but ratings-challenged) show for a supersized fourth season.

The streaming service said it will produce 26 new episodes of the Mindy Kaling comedy, picking up after season three's cliffhanger finale, which aired way back in March. Despite a cult following and lots of love from critics, poor ratings plagued the show throughout its run, and Fox -- which does not own the series -- decided to cut it loose.

Rights holder Universal Television immediately went to work securing another outlet for the show, which already had an exclusive streaming contract with Hulu. The deal announced Friday was expected, but not a guarantee (rumors of a two-season renewal by Hulu were also floated), and we're thrilled that Kaling and co. were able to make it happen.

Apparently Hulu is also thrilled, saying in a statement that "The Mindy Project" has consistently been a top performer among existing subscribers, and is "a beloved member of the Hulu family."

"I am thrilled 'The Mindy Project' has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show," Kaling added in a statement. "It's such an exciting place to be."

We're excited, too. Congrats to Mindy, "Mindy," and fans everywhere. Season four can't come soon enough.

[via: HitFix]

Photo credit: John P. Fleenor/FOX

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