Fox has given a late pilot order to The Grinder, a single-camera comedy starring Rob Lowe. The project, from Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul and Nick Stoller, was originally set up at Fox as a put pilot in October with no talent attached. The script by Mogel and Paul eventually attracted Lowe. After lengthy negotiations, he got on board, and the comedy was given a pilot order, with Jake Kasdan set to direct. Lowe will executive produce alongside Mogel, Paul, Stoller and Kasdan. 20th TV is the studio.
The Grinder stars Lowe as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka “The Grinder”). When his long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm where he butts heads with his brother.
The project marks a Fox reunion for Mogel and Paul, who created the network’s short-lived 2001 toon Allen Gregory with Jonah Hill. The duo most recently wrote and directed The D Train which was in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and recently sold to IFC. Stoller directed the summer pic Neighbors.
Lowe is currently in production in London on Working Title TV and Bigballs Films series Apocalypse Slough, which has been picked up by NBC, and will be seen in Monster Trucks, being released by Paramount this Christmas.