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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Champions unable to find a new home after NBC's cancelation
Universal Television had been shopping the sitcom from Mindy Kaling since it was canceled in June.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Champions teen star Josie Totah comes out as transgender
In a Time essay, the 17-year-old Totah, star of the canceled NBC sitcom, writes about being transgender: "This is not something that just happened. This is not a choice that I made. When I was five, long before I understood what the word gender meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl. Since I could speak in full sentences, I was like, 'Give me a dress!' I always knew on some level that I was female. But it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show I Am Jazz with my mother." Champions co-creator Mindy Kaling tweeted her support for Totah: "I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented - I can’t wait to write for you again!"
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
NBC cancels Mindy Kaling's Champions after one season
The Peacock decided to axe the Kaling co-created comedy at the last minute because cast contracts were expiring this weekend. Universal TV is trying to shop the comedy to another outlet. Netflix, which shows Champions internationally, opted not to save the comedy and order a second season.
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
NBC boss on Brooklyn Nine-Nine: "It was great to know the fans were outraged, but we were too"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Brooklyn is a show our company produces for Fox, so it’s a show that’s very close to us,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said of rescuing Brooklyn Nine-Nine during a conference call this morning, according to EW. “I’ve been saying to certain people in the press that if we knew Andy Samberg was going to be cast in that show, we never would have sold it to Fox. We’ve been watching it closely ever since. … We jumped on it really quickly and are thrilled to have it and think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it fit into Fox’s brand of comedy. It feels like it goes along shows like A.P. Bio, Will & Grace, Superstore, and The Good Place. … It’s also one of the few comedies in recent years that does a robust international number, and it has a syndication upside, which a lot of shows don’t have anymore.” Greenblatt added that he loved that the fans were so vocal. "We were right there with them," he said. "We love when fans yell and scream on Twitter, but we hope that transfers and they watch the show.”
- NBC unveils its fall schedule: All three Chicago shows will air on Wednesdays, Law & Order: SVU moves to Thursdays
- Watch trailers for new NBC fall shows Manifest, New Amsterdam and I Feel Bad
- The Blacklist renewed for Season 6
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Blacklist will return in 2019
- Midnight, Texas and World of Dance are moving from summer to in-season
- NBC will wait to decide the fates of Timeless and Champions: "I’m nervous. Could go either way," tweets Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke
- Greenblatt cited an "embarrassment of riches" and lack of fit for rejecting Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest pilot
- NBC is done "treading water while The Voice is off," Greenblatt says of America's Got Talent winter edition
- Greenblatt mum on rumored The Office revival
# TOPICS: NBC, The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Champions, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., I Feel Bad, L.A.'s Finest, Manifest, Midnight, Texas, New Amsterdam, The Office (US), Timeless, World of Dance, Eric Kripke, Robert Greenblatt, Trailers & Teasers
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Here are all the network shows that are still on the chopping block
Designated Survivor, For the People and Superior Donuts are among the nearly 30 network shows still on the bubble for the 2018-2019 season.
# TOPICS: Save Our Shows, 9JKL, Alex, Inc., A.P. Bio, Blindspot, The Brave, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Champions, The Crossing, Deception, Designated Survivor, The Exorcist, For the People, Ghosted, Gotham, Great News, Instinct, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, LA to Vegas, Life Sentence, Lucifer, Marvel’s Inhumans, Rise, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Taken, Timeless, The X-Files
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Mindy Kaling had to adjust from writing for Mindy Lahiri to writing for a white guy on Champions
Kaling says of writing for Anders Holm: "Mindy Lahiri would say such crazy things and such questionable things, and when it comes from my mouth, when you’re a 5’3″ Indian American woman with dark skin, it has a very different impact than when it comes from a white man that’s 6’3″. The way that it looks on camera is very different — the level of privilege. How things come across is just completely different. I had to write things that were more palatable coming from his mouth." ALSO: Kaling responds to a meme comparing her and The Office's Kelly Kapoor.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Mindy Kaling's Champions is a lot like The Mindy Project, except it's about a 15-year-old gay teen
Source: The New York Times
The NBC comedy Kaling created with Mindy writer Charlie Grandy and The Mindy Project have "the same constant ticker of references and perky zingers, as well as similar personnel: Anders Holm and Fortune Feimster are both playing versions of their Mindy characters," says Margaret Lyons. "The main difference is that rather than centering on a pop-culture-obsessed, melodramatic 30-something doctor (Mindy), it’s centered on a pop-culture-obsessed, melodramatic 15-year-old gay kid (Michael). And it works."
- Champions is a show that fans of comedy and Kaling will find familiar, for good or bad
- Champions could be fantastic with some adjustment, but it's a bit too disjointed
- Basically every one of the teen's line of dialogue could be something Mindy on The Mindy Project could've said
- Here are the seven hallmarks of a Mindy Kaling show
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Mindy Kaling has sought baby advice from James Corden, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
Source: The Today Show
"He has a baby who is my baby’s age," Kaling says of The Late Late Show host, who also has to juggle having a new baby with work. "I did his show a couple of weeks ago. He told me the best thing you can do for a baby is constantly talk to them, even if you feel like you’re babbling to them,” said Kaling. “Since he told me that, I’ve been talking to her so much."
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Watch Mindy Kaling in the trailer for NBC’s Champions
Kaling co-created and will recur on the comedy about a gym owner living with his idiot brother, who learns that he has a 15-year-old son with his high school girlfriend (played by Kaling).
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj signs on to play Mindy Kaling’s brother on NBC’s Champions
Minhaj has booked a guest appearance as the “extremely wealthy” brother of Kaling’s character.