Former Sports Star Attempts to Raise his Estranged Son in New Comedy Series “Champions”

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05 March 2018
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“Champions”
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“Champions”
Premieres Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 PM ET/PT on NBC
 
             Created by Charlie Grandy (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”) and Mindy Kaling (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”), “Champions” is a half-hour comedy that centers on Vince (Anders Holm, “The Mindy Project,” “Workaholics”), a washed up high school baseball star who reluctantly gave up his dreams to take over the family gym in Brooklyn.

          Vince lives with his sweet, naive younger brother, Matthew (Andy Favreau, “Aquarius,” “The Mick”), and is on the verge of secretly selling the gym and moving to Florida when his high school fling, Priya (recurring guest star Kaling), unexpectedly drops off their 15-year-old son, Michael (J.J. Totah, “Other People,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) on his doorstep.

       After raising Michael by herself for 15 years, Priya decided to move her talented and ambitious theater kid son away from his sheltered life in Cleveland so he could attend a prestigious performing arts school in New York. While she loves her son deeply, she’s delighted at the chance to let Vince and Matthew do the parenting while Michael pursues his dreams. In addition to adjusting to his new home life in the Big Apple, Michael is now a small fish in a big pond and has a lot to overcome before he can make friends and win the EGOT that is his destiny.

 

          Rigid and old school, Vince has virtually nothing in common with his son, and in addition to balancing unruly employees and his sensitive brother’s smothering love, he must now learn to become a dad. Meanwhile, Matthew has always longed for a more complete home life, so when Michael shows up, it fills the nephew-sized hole in his heart and frees him to become the homemaker he was always meant to be.

          Other members of the gym family include: trainer Ruby (Fortune Feimster, “The Mindy Project,” “Chelsea Lately”), Vince and Matthew’s oldest friend who often takes advantage of their relationship, but still always has their back; Britney (Mouzam Makkar, “The Exorcist,” “The Vampire Diaries”), a yoga instructor/entrepreneur who can occasionally stop pursuing Instagram fame to dispense valuable, yet unsolicited, wisdom; Shabaz (Yassir Lester, “Girls,” “Making History”), the spin instructor who constantly guilts both staff and gym members into seeing his terrible plays; Dana (Ginger Gonzaga, “Wrecked” “Togetherness”) the put upon accountant tasked with helping Vince keep the gym afloat; and, finally, Uncle Bud (Robert Costanzo, “Total Recall,” “Saturday Night Fever”), the lovable, Brooklyn-born, boxing instructor struggling to adapt to the modern era.

          “Champions” is executive produced by Grandy, Kaling, Matt Warburton, Howard Klein and Michael Spiller, who also directs. “Champions” is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Charlie Grandy Productions, Inc. and Kaling International. A former high school sports star attempts to raise his estranged, theater-kid son above the gym he owns with his sweet, naïve younger brother.
 
          The cast includes Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Fortune Feimster, Mouzam Makkar and guest star Mindy Kaling.

 
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