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NBC Cancels Freshman Comedy ‘Champions’

Producers Are Shopping for a New Outlet

NBC, not surprisingly, has announced the official cancellation of freshman comedy “Champions.” At the time of its upfront presentation in mid-May, the network had said it was undecided on the futures of “Champions” and sophomore time-traveling drama “Timeless.” Both have now been axed.

Debuting on March 8, 2018, “Champions” told the story of Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner, living every bachelor’s dream with his younger brother Matthew (Andy Favreau) in Brooklyn, New York. He lives a simple life, dates an endless string of women, until his high school fling Priya (Mindy Kaling) drops off their 15-year-old son Michael (J.J. Totah) .

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. 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 rescued Kaling’s “The Mindy Project,” has in-season stacking rights to the comedy starring Anders Holm, is among the destinations being discussed for the series.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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