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Kate Hudson to Star in Mindy Kaling’s Netflix Hoops Comedy

Kate Hudson is taking the court with Mindy Kaling and Netflix.

Hudson is set to star in a comedy series inspired by Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss (who’s also an executive producer on the project) and the family business that is the NBA franchise. Netflix gave the project a straight to series order in June 2021 — more than 2 1/2 years ago.

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Hudson will play Isla Gordon, the only sister in a family of competitive brothers. Isla has been underappreciated her whole life, but when a scandal forces her brother to resign as president of the Los Angeles Waves pro basketball team, she’s appointed president and gets the chance to prove she deserves to be part of the family business.

Kaling, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen — all alumni of The Mindy Project — are writing and executive producing the 10-episode series, with Stassen set to serve as showrunner. Hudson, Howard Klein, Buss and Linda Rambis (also a member of the Lakers front office) also executive produce; Jordan Rambis is a producer. Warner Bros. TV, where Kaling has an overall deal, is the studio.

The series follows on the end of Kaling’s high school comedy Never Have I Ever at Netflix; the show’s fourth and final season debuted in June. Kaling is also behind The Sex Lives of College Girls at Max, which has been renewed for a third season.

Hudson, a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for Almost Famous, starred in Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery for Netflix in 2022. Other recent credits include season two of Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told and feature films Deepwater Horizon and Marshall.

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