Fox will debut both new shows online on Monday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m./ET. Viewers will be able to stream the episodes on the show's Facebook pages, as well as on Hulu, Fox.com, Aol.com, and Yahoo!, among others, for two weeks. Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project will then enjoy their broadcast TV premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8:30/7:30c and 9:30/8:30c, respectively.
Fox tried a similar experiment last year when it debuted New Girl online six days before its traditional premiere. New Girl went on to bring in 10.1 million viewers for its season premiere and became one of the breakout comedy hits of the 2011-2012 TV season. In addition to streaming the premieres of Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, all 24 episodes of New Girl's freshman season will be made available on Yahoo! Beginning July 30, six episodes will be posted each week for four weeks at tv.yahoo.com. New Girl returns with two new episodes airing at 8/7c on and 9/8c on Fox on Sept. 25.
The Mindy Project stars The Office's Mindy Kaling as a Bridget Jones-like doctor with a successful career but a disastrous personal life. Ben and Kate follows a single mother, Kate (Dakota Johnson), whose unpredictable but lovable brother Ben (Nat Faxon) moves back home to help take care of her daughter.
Will you watch The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate early online?