Thursday, March 8, 2018

Andy Favreau Plays Gay Kid's Uncle on 'Champions'


The New York Times writes: 

Mindy Kaling’s first TV show after “The Mindy Project” is “Champions,” a single-camera comedy she created with Charlie Grandy, a writer and producer for “Mindy.” Beginning on Thursday on NBC, “Champions” has the same constant ticker of references and perky zingers, as well as similar personnel: Anders Holm and Fortune Feimster are both playing versions of their “Mindy” characters.

The main difference is that rather than centering on a pop-culture-obsessed, melodramatic 30-something doctor (Mindy), it’s centered on a pop-culture-obsessed, melodramatic 15-year-old gay kid (Michael). And it works.

Ms. Kaling appears in the first two episodes of the show (three were made available to critics) as Priya, a single mom from Ohio. She has raised this theater-crazed teenager (J. J. Totah), who wants to go to a performing arts high school in New York. Luckily, that’s where his father, Vince (Mr. Holm), lives and runs a Brooklyn gym. Unluckily, they’ve never met, nor does Michael know anything about his dad. This doesn’t stop Priya from dropping off her son, though, and this being a sitcom, Vince and his roommate and brother, Matthew (Andy Favreau), turn out to be decent, mostly upstanding and generally O.K. with this arrangement.

Keep reading HERE.


Matthew is Woody, a lovable dope. (In the pilot, Michael panics about what to play at his high school audition. “Brahms? Chopin? Liszt?” Matthew cheers him on: “Yeah, one more name and it is a list, you’re doing great.”)







Gay Teen Meets His Dad for the First Time in Mindy Kaling's New Sitcom, "Champions"

UPDATE:


My friend Chad pointed out that Andy Favreau played the waiter in the father-son-grandfather love triangle (quadrangle?) on last week's "Will & Grace"!

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