Fox has given a full-season order to “The Grinder,” its freshman comedy starring Rob Lowe as an actor famous for playing a lawyer on TV and Fred Savage as his younger brother, who actually is an attorney.
The news comes a couple of weeks after the 20th Century Fox Television comedy received an order for six additional scripts.
“‘The Grinder’ is the perfect combination of razor-sharp wit and relatable family dynamics — two hallmarks of successful comedies,” said Fox Broadcasting Company entertainment president David Madden. “The critics have embraced this original, fresh and funny show, and the talented cast — led by Rob Lowe and Fred Savage — have done such an incredible job infusing it with biting humor and heartfelt moments. We are so excited about the storylines that these fantastic producers have planned for the rest of the season.”
“The Grinder” is created and written by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul (“The D Train,” “Allen Gregory”). They exec produce along with Nicholas Stoller (“Neighbors,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Melvin Mar (“New Girl,” “Fresh Off the Boat”), Ben Wexler (“The Comedians”), and Lowe. Jake Kasdan (“New Girl,” “Fresh Off the Boat”) serves as both director and executive producer.
Through four weeks, “The Grinder” was averaging a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. It grew in ratings with its most recent episode and is currently on a brief hiatus during the net’s coverage of the World Series. The next episode is scheduled to air Nov. 3, unless a sixth game is needed.
Although it also received an additional script order, Fox has yet to make a pickup decision on its other new half-hour comedy, John Stamos’ “Grandfathered.” That series is actually doing better in ratings, averaging a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. It grew in ratings with its most recent episode and is also on a brief hiatus due to the World Series.
ABC’s “Dr. Ken” is the only other new comedy to receive a full-season order thus far. Earlier today, NBC announced that it was cutting the episode order for the Mark-Paul Gosselaar series “Truth be Told.”
Rick Kissell contributed to this report.