Fall TV Catch-Up Guide: 'The Mindy Project'

When's It Back? Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox

The Mindy Project is almost back, and Dandy fans are probably freaking out ready to see what's next for Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina). But do you remember exactly where we left off? Here's a little refresher course, just in case you're older than Katie Holmes (that old bag) and your memory is fading.

Where We Left Off: On top of the Empire State Building where all great rom-coms leave off... duh. If you're really hazy about the epic hookup in the Season 2 finale, maybe these bullet points will jog something.

* Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," while running through the streets of New York

* Empire State Building missed connections, a la Sleepless in Seattle

* Saying "I love you."

* Naming future children after muses and/or popes.

[Photos: Get a Sneak Peek at 'The Mindy Project' Season 3]

What We Know About Season 3: The Season 3 premiere is titled "We're a Couple Now, Haters," and it's for real — Danny and Mindy are still very much together, but it's not all fairytales and roses and hot, butt-grabbing kisses. Now comes the nitty-gritty part of every relationship: seeing if the spark is still there when it's no longer "new," which is especially tricky when you also work with your significant other. We expect Mindy to continue to overshare with their co-workers, and Danny to never stop turning as red as those grandma reading glasses he wears when she does.

Our Burning Question: Can the show figure out how to remain an ensemble workplace comedy, servicing all the great couplings and random friendships and backstories they've set up and not just the central couple storyline? It's the same hurdle New Girl faced, at the exact same time in its run, and New Girl Season 3 suffered greatly because of Nick and Jess finally getting together. We warned Mindy not to fall in the same traps, and we hope the show's writers listened. Keep what makes each of the characters unique, whether they're single or not, and you'll keep your loyal viewers happy. Also, more Messina dancing is never a bad thing.

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The Good Wife
The Blacklist
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Sleepy Hollow
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