After building a solid second career for himself as a series director/producer, Fred Savage is returning in the front of the camera. In what would mark Savage’s first TV series role in almost a decade, he has signed on to co-star opposite Rob Lowe in The Grinder, Fox’s comedy pilot from Andrew Mogel, Nick Stoller and another actor who segued to a second career behind the camera, Jarrad Paul. Written by Mogel and Paul and directed by Jake Kasdan, 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, Stewart Sanderson (Savage). Stewart is a hard-working attorney and family man who feels very much in the shadow of his younger brother, Dean, a huge television star whose courtroom procedural show has just ended. When Dean comes back to his home town looking for a new direction in life, everyone is dazzled by his charm and celebrity — everyone except Stewart. Lowe executive produces alongside Mogel, Paul, Stoller and Kasdan. 20th TV is the studio.

Savage, repped by CAA and attorney Karl Austen, became a household name with his starring role on The Wonder Years. His recent directing/producing credits include Modern Family, Two Broke Girls and Garfunkel And Oates.