'The Mindy Project' Season 3 scoop from Ike Barinholtz and Mindy Kaling

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the-mindy-project-season-3-mindy-kaling-ike-barinholtz.jpg Technically the writers of "The Mindy Project" will have a month off after they finish production on the FOX comedy's second season before they congregate to start breaking Season 3, but Ike Barinholtz tells Zap2it on a recent visit to the set -- where they were shooting the Season 2 finale -- that he's constantly thinking about ideas for new episodes.

"My [writing] partner and I were just talking about an idea for a story a little bit ago," he says "It's so funny, you get a few weeks' break and you're like 'OK, well I'm going to go shut it down and think about other stuff,' but you do think about the show. It's such a big part of our lives, so you'll be in an argument with your wife one day and you'll be like 'Oh, this'll be a great episode.'"

The writers are "just starting to" think about Season 3. "It's kind of starting to trickle in ideas and then we'll really get into it in about a month," Barinholtz says.

As for what we'll see on the just-renewed sitcom's third season, showrunner Mindy Kaling says she's thinking very broadly. "Thinking of Season 3, it's just like what are ... things that are going on with people now in real life, what's happening with my friends now, and trying to think of things that resonate with people," she says.

She's also looking for more stories to expand the characters' worlds and histories. "You know what's funny, I think of the characters -- and I feel like maybe some other showrunners think of it this way -- instead of thinking of seasons. I think of, 'Outside of the world here, what are more things we can do?'"

"The Mindy Project" returns with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
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