An NBC series was canceled late last week in a decision that “came down to the wire,” Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline. The network pulled the plug on its freshman comedy “Champions.”
The report notes that the options on the cast would have expired over the weekend.
“I hear there had been discussions with Netflix about picking up the series,” Andreeva notes. “The streaming giant has international rights to ‘Champions.’ I’d heard that the Netflix pact stemmed from the close relationship between ‘Champions’ co-creator/co-star Mindy Kaling and Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, who shepherded Kaling’s ‘The Mindy Project’ at Universal TV, and that the international rights deal helped seal ‘Champions‘’ series order in May 2017.”
The series premiered on Netflix on June 12, and the streamer will continue to carry it internationally, the report notes.