Fox’s ‘Grinder,’ ‘Grandfathered’ Get Additional Script Orders

Fox has given six additional script orders each to freshman series “The Grinder” and “Grandfathered,” the network announced Thursday.

The Grinder” stars Fred Savage as a small-town lawyer and Rob Lowe as his brother, an actor who once played a lawyer on TV. It was created by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. Upcoming guest stars include Christina Applegate, Jason Alexander and Timothy Olyphant.

Grandfathered” stars John Stamos as a committed bachelor who suddenly learns he not only has a grown son, but also a granddaughter. It was created by Danny Chun. Upcoming guest stars include illusionist Criss Angel and Stamos’ “Full House” pals Bob Saget and Dave Coulier.

After decent premieres in their tough timeslots, both “Grandfathered” and “Grinder” have declined in their last two outings. Through three weeks in same-day ratings, “Grandfathered” is averaging a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.13 million viewers overall, and lead-out “Grinder” is averaging a 1.1 in the demo and 3.55 million total viewers. Both series will air new episodes Tuesday, taking a break when the World Series starts on Oct. 27 and returning with new episodes in December.

The comedies join NBC’s “Blindspot” as examples of new series reveling in success. However, Fox has had to give some bad news this season: It recently reduced the episode order for drama “Minority Report” from 13 to 10 episodes.

The news comes on the same day that Stamos was charged for a recent DUI arrest. Variety is told this won’t have any potential impact on production.

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