With “The Mindy Project” approaching its final season later this year, Mindy Kaling has officially lined up her next TV project.
NBC has announced a series order for “Champions” today, the new series from “The Office” alum. Hailing from Kaling and co-creator, Charlie Grandy, “Champions” follows Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition living with his younger brother Michael (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling), one of his old high school flings.
In addition to Holm and Favreau, the series will also star J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, and Nina Wadia. Kaling will also act as a recurring guest star on “Champions.” The series marks Kaling’s return to NBC after she got her start writing on and starring in “The Office,” before moving on to “The Mindy Project” on FOX (and then Hulu in later seasons).
Kaling and Grandy penned the pilot episode of the series and will serve as executive producers on “Champions” alongside Michael Alan Spiller and Howard Klein. Spiller has also directed the pilot episode of the series, which is a production of Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Eyes Up Productions, and Kaling International.
“Champions” marks yet another new series viewers can expect to see in NBC’s 2017-18 lineup, with other notable titles including the Jason Katims-produced “Rise,” the military drama, “The Brave,” and more. Make sure to keep checking back for more updates as they come.