In a tough break for Mindy Kaling, the comedian’s latest sitcom, Champions, has been cancelled after just one season by NBC, although the possibility remains that it might return on another network or streaming service in the near future.
Champions starred Anders Holm (of Workaholics) and Andy Favreau as a pair of carefree bros whose lives were disrupted when when the Holm character’s old high school girlfriend, played by Kaling, dropped their son off to live with him.
The show, which was also written and executive produced by Kaling, was well-reviewed on its debut, but failed to attract many viewers its for ten-episode first season, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that it was the worst-rated NBC series of the year.
Netflix has the international streaming rights for the show, including here in Australia, and reportedly had the option to pick it up for a second season, but passed. Producers Universal Television are said to be shopping it around to other places.
The most likely candidate to pick up the show currently appears to be Hulu, who also picked up Mindy Kaling’s previous series The Mindy Project when it was cancelled by Fox in 2015, with the show running for three more seasons.
NBC’s comedy lineup for 2018 includes The Good Place, Superstore, A.P. Bio and the wildly successful Will & Grace reboot, as well as new shows Abby’s, I Feel Bad and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which they picked up after its cancellation by Fox.