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James Franco is the worst thing to happen to “The Mindy Project”

Last season’s "The Mindy Project," a show about Dr. Mindy Lahiri's (Mindy Kaling) professional and romantic entanglements in Manhattan, left us with one of the better cliffhangers in sitcom-ville. Danny Castellano’s (Chris Messina) thinly veiled romantic attachment to lead character Mindy in “Take me With You,” Season 1’s final episode, was, in Mindyspeak, "blowing my mind," and the will-she-won’t-she of Mindy's move to Haiti with her love interest Pastor Casey (Anders Holm) was the perfect lead-in to the next season.

Which, now that it’s upon us, proves to be a massive letdown.

To be fair, the original cast members of "The Mindy Project" -- Jeremy (Ed Weeks), Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and Betsy (Zoe Jarman) -- are familiar enough to be comforting and yet have evolved enough to be interesting.

But then there's James Franco.

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