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‘The Comedians’ Co-Creator Ben Wexler Boards ‘The Grinder’ as Showrunner

Fox’s new fall comedy “The Grinder,” starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, has found a new showrunner: Ben Wexler.

Wexler, who co-created and exec produced the Billy Crystal/Josh Gad vehicle “The Comedians” for FX, steps in after Greg Malins’ departure.

Wexler’s showrunner appointment is part of his new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The move to “The Grinder” reunites Wexler with the studio and Fox Entertainment president David Madden, for whom he developed the script for “The Comedians.”

Wexler, who was previously on staff for “Community”and “Arrested Development,” is also reuniting with Savage. His first writing job was on the “Wonder Years” star’s series “Working.”

Wexler announced the news Sunday on Twitter, saying, “super excited to announce I’ve come aboard as showrunner / Exec Producer of #TheGrinder for Fox – it’s gonna be hilarious!”

Wexler will now be sharing exec producing duties with series creators Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, as well as director Jake Kasdan. He’s already been working in the writers’ room for several weeks. “The Grinder” begins production on its sixth episode this week.

Former “Grinder” showrunner Malins was one of many showrunners who recently departed upcoming shows, just weeks before their debuts. He exited the show on Aug. 29, citing creative differences with Mogel and Paul.

“The Grinder” revolves around a famous TV lawyer (Lowe), known as The Grinder, who returns to his small-town home after his show is cancelled to work for his family’s real-life law firm.Wexler is repped by WME and Patti Felker.

“The Grinder” premieres Sept. 29 on Fox.

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