‘Champions’ Canceled at NBC

Champions - Season Pilot

Champions crosses the finish line at  NBC. The network has opted to cancel the comedy from writer and exec producer Mindy Kaling after one season. Sources say the SVOD partner, Netflix, passed on picking up the family comedy for a second season, but will continue to carry the show internationally after its June 12 streaming debut.

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Producers Universal Television, where Kaling is under an overall deal, are said to be in discussions to find a new home for Champions. It’s unclear if Hulu, which has in-season stacking rights to the comedy starring Anders Holm, is among the destinations being discussed for the series. Hulu previously rescued Universal TV-produced The Mindy Project after Fox’s cancellation.

Champions revolved around Vince (Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lived with his younger brother Matthew (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when Vince’s teenage son is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling, who recurred), one of his old high school flings.

 

Kaling penned the pilot alongside The Mindy Project collaborator Charlie Grandy. The single-camera comedy hailed from Kaling’s production company, as well as 3 Arts Entertainment.

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