Mindy Kaling’s Netflix Basketball Series Adds 5 To Cast

Feb 22, 2024 7:23 am | entertainment, News

Fabrizio Guido (Good Burger 2),  Toby Sandeman (Power Book III: Raising Kanan), Chet Hanks (Your Honor), Keyla Monterroso Mejia (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Roberto Sanchez (Queen of the South) have joined the cast of Mindy Kaling‘s Netflix series, set in the world of pro basketball, starring Kate Hudson.

In addition to Hudson, they join previously announced cast Brenda Song, Drew Tarver and Scott MacArthur.

In the as-yet untitled comedy series, when a scandal forces her brother to resign, Isla Gordon (Hudson) is appointed President of the Los Angeles Waves, one of the most storied professional basketball franchises, and her family business. Ambitious and often overlooked, Isla will have to prove to her skeptical brothers, the board, and the larger sports community that she was the right choice for the job, especially in the unpredictable, male-dominated world of sports.

Guido plays Jackie Moreno, a popcorn vendor at the stadium where the Waves play, Jackie can’t believe it when he is suddenly thrust into the inner circle of his favorite team. Now he has the opportunity to work his way up the organization from the ground floor.

Sandeman is Marcus Winfielda generational talent, Marcus is still considered one of the best players in the league. But after two championship rings, two Olympic gold medals, and being a twelve-time All-Star, Marcus has mentally checked out from the Waves — and his lack of leadership has been affecting the team.

Hanks portrays Travis Buggthe Waves’ point guard who moonlights as an unsuccessful rapper. He’s a huge distraction on the court and an even bigger problem for Isla off the court.

Mejia plays Ana MorenoJackie’s cousin who is also a personal injury attorney. Ana is smart, ambitious and always looking for an angle.

Sanchez is Stephen Ramirez, the intimidating head of the board who’s been with the Waves through generations of Gordons. He’s old-fashioned, no-nonsense, and a constant reminder of the old guard, making Isla desperate to prove she’s more than just Jack Gordon’s little daughter.  

The ten-part series is written and exec produced by Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen, who serves as showrunner. Hudson, 3 Arts’ Howard Klein, Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis also exec produce the series, which is produced by Kaling International in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Kaling is under a deal.

Guido’s television credits include the role of Mikey Gutierrez on Mr. Iglesias, a major recurring role on Perry Mason, as well as Welcome To The Family, The Night Shift and Wisdom of the Crowd. He’s repped by 23 Management Group, Domina Holbeck and Goodman Genow et al.

Sandeman most recently appeared in Power Book III: Raising Kanan and The Game. He also guest-starred on Love Is___. He’s repped by Gersh and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

Hanks most recently recurred on Your Honor and previously heavily recurred on Empire and Shameless. His film credits include A Man Called Otto, Greyhound and Fantastic Four, among others. He’s repped by Untitled Entertainment.

Mejia is perhaps best known for her absurdly hilarious role as Maria Sofia on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her other credits include the major recurring role of Ashley on Abbott Elementary, as well as On My Block spinoff Freeridge and is in post on Amazon Studios’ Will Ferrell & Reese Witherspoon wedding comedy You’re Cordially Invited. She’s repped by UTA, MGMT Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman et al.

Sanchez will next be seen in a major recurring role on Starz’s BMF and in Apple TV+’s upcoming Palm Royale. His previous credits include Queen of the South and 2 Fast 2 Furious. He’s repped by Global Artists Agency, Smith Young Talent Agency and Rothman/Andrés Entertainment.

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