‘The Grinder’ Showrunner Greg Malins Exits Rob Lowe Sitcom Over Creative Differences

Greg Malins has exited Fox’s Rob Lowe vehicle “The Grinder” as showrunner, just about one month before its premiere, Variety has confirmed. Today marks the first day of shooting on episode two.

A replacement for Malins has not yet been named, though an announcement is expect soon, as the comedy bows Sept. 29.

Malins is leaving over creative differences, insiders say, over the direction of the show. He and the creators, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, decided to go their separate ways.

His departure, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, marks the fourth showrunner change on a new series for this upcoming television season. Just last week, Variety learned “Chicago Med” helmer Andrew Dettmann is no longer attached to the Dick Wolf NBC spinoff, and Jennifer Schuur, who created Shondaland’s upcoming drama “The Catch,” exited the midseason series, along with exec producer Josh Reims. Another ABC drama, “Blood and Oil,” also lost a showrunner with Jon Harmon Feldman taking the reins for original showrunner Cynthia Cidre.

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 law firm. Fred Savage co-stars as Lowe’s onscreen brother.

Mogel and Paul will exec produce with Nicholas Stoller and Jake Kasdan, who directed the pilot.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Stacy Rukeyser

    Netflix Orders Dramedy Series 'Sex/Life' From 'UnREAL' Showrunner

    Stacy Rukeyser has landed a series order at Netflix with the dramedy “Sex/Life.” The series is based on the book “44 Chapters About 4 Men” by BB Easton. The series is described as the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past which takes a new look at female identity [...]

  • Paramount Television Adds Three to Executive

    Paramount Television Adds Three to Executive Team

    Paramount Television is continuing to add to its executive ranks. The studio has tapped Brian Segna as its new senior vice president of development, along with Kate Gill and Nicole Harjo, both of whom are joining as vice presidents of development. The trio will all report to Jenna Santoianni, executive vice president and head of [...]

  • Phyllis Nagy

    Writers Guild Presidential Candidate Phyllis Nagy Blasts Strategy on Agencies

    Phyllis Nagy, who is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s president David Goodman, has warned of dire consequences from the current stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents. Nagy, who announced her candidacy on July 22 as the head of Writers for Negotiation, is running on a platform that the WGA needs to get back to [...]

  • Practical Magic

    'Practical Magic' Prequel Among Three HBO Max Pilot Orders

    HBO Max is continuing to build up its original programming slate with three new projects. Variety has learned that the nascent streamer has given pilot orders to the half-hour dramedy “Generation” and the hour-long drama “Red Bird Lane,” as well as a pilot production commitment for the one-hour drama “Rules of Magic.” All three projects [...]

  • James Corden Variety Cover Story

    James Corden Signs Deal to Host 'Late Late Show' Through 2022

    James Corden has signed a new deal with CBS which will see him stay on as host of “The Late Late Show” through 2022. The multi-talented Brit had been in advanced negotiations with the studio since May, and the new deal is sure to see him score a substantial bump in pay. The previous deal [...]

  • Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon, Home Edit Duo Set Lifestyle Series at Netflix

    Netflix has ordered a new lifestyle series that boasts Reese Witherspoon among its executive producers. The hour-long series will follow master home organizes Clea Sherer and Joanna Teplin, the duo behind The Home Edit company. In each episode, Sherer and Teplin will transform the lives of their clients by conquering clutter with their signature style. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content