By Gabrielle Pantera @gpantera
A fathers learns he has a teenage son and they are as different as night and day, premieres March 8th at 9:30 pm
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2018/3/8 – “Disney was, obviously, so much fun, and I did that,” says Champions star J.J. Totah. “That was kind of my first thing when I came out to L.A., so I was, like, 9 and I’m 16 now, so, like, not having as many super, super hard restrictions. Like, as an actor is so cool, because there’s a lot more improv that I can do and a lot more things we can say. I thought I couldn’t say ‘God’ once. I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ But I stopped myself. I was like, ‘Oh, my.’ I stopped myself. They are like, ‘No, you can say God. God is real on NBC.’ I was like, ‘Oh, great!’”
Champions is a half-hour, single-camera comedy.
Anders Holm is Vince, who was a baseball star in high school, but gave up his dreams to run the family gym in Brooklyn. He’s wants to sell the sell the gym and move to Florida then he gets unexpected news.
Andy Favreau is Matthew, Vince’s younger brother. He lives with and runs the gym with Vince. He and his brother’s personalities are very different.
Mindy Kaling is Priya she had a fling with Vince in high school. Their son Michael is the result of that fling. Priya never told Vince about their child. When she arrives in Brooklyn and unexpectedly drops off their 15-year-old son he’s stunned. Kaling is in the first two episodes.
J.J. Totah is Michael he’s an openly gay teenage boy who’s been accepted to a New York performing arts school. Since his father lives in Brooklyn Priya thinks he should live with Vince the father he’s never known. Priya loves her son, and wants what’s best for him. Letting him pursue his dreams and getting to know his father will be good for him too.
Michael and Vince have nothing in common. Vince has issues with his employees and even in dealing with his brother. Michael is very into everything art and theater. Vince needs to learn how to be a dad. Matthew is there to help him.
Created by Kaling and Charlie Grandy.
- Fortune Feimster as Ruby
- Mouzam Makkar as Britney
- Yassir Lester as Shabaz
- Ginger Gonzaga as Dana
- Robert Costanzo as Uncle Bud
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.