Mindy Kaling fans who have suffered withdrawals since her hit comedy The Mindy Project wrapped up its sixth and final season in November can get excited. Kaling’s newest project, Champions, premieres this March. Champions is a new NBC sitcom co-created by Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy.
Champions stars Vince (Anders Holm, who played one of Mindy’s love interests, Casey, in The Mindy Project), a washed-up high school basketball player and owner of Champions gym in Brooklyn. Vince’s life is turned upside down when Priya (Mindy Kaling), Vince’s ex-girlfriend, arrives in New York City with Vince’s lost son, Michael (J.J. Totah). Michael wants to pursue musical theater dreams at a prestigious performing arts academy in New York City. Vince agrees to let Michael live with him, and the comedic adventures unfold. “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,” reads the NBC synopsis.
While Kaling does not star in Champions, she will play a recurring role, reports ET Canada.
Kaling’s work continues to further the trend of diversifying Hollywood. Before The Mindy Project, no other American show had been written by and starred an Indian American woman, writes The Washington Post. “Most roles for South Asians were bit parts, went to men, and included terrorists, cab drivers, and the odd medical professor. A major metropolitan newspaper once counted Apu from The Simpsons as a South Asian role — that’s how bad it was.”
Kaling continues to add South Asian diversity to mainstream media with her character Priya and her half-Indian son Michael (played by Totah who is of Palestinian, Lebanese, Irish, and Italian ancestry).
In addition to promoting racial diversity, the Champions team plans to incorporate storylines regarding issues facing women and the LGBT community, adds Elite Daily.
Champions will premiere Thursday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
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