Mary Elizabeth Ellis (New Girl), Natalie Morales (Parks & Recreation) and William Devane (24: Live Another Day) will co-star opposite Rob Lowe and Fred Savage in The Grinder, Fox’s comedy pilot from Andrew Mogel, Nick Stoller and 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. Once there, he butts heads with his brother, Stewart Sanderson (Savage).
Ellis will play Stewart’s wife Debbie, who dated Dean back in the day, and he still thinks of her as the one that got away. Morales will play Claire, a paralegal who works at Stewart’s law firm. She has never seen an episode of Dean’s TV show and is unimpressed with his celebrity. Devane will be playing Dean Sr., the sweet, old-fashioned father of Stewart and Dean and head of the family’s law firm. Lowe executive produces alongside Mogel, Paul, Stoller and Kasdan. 20th TV is the studio.
Ellis, repped by CAA, Haven Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein, next will be seen in the film Masterminds. Morales is repped by UTA, Bleecker St. Entertainment and Stone Meyer; Devane is repped by Deborah Miller at Shelter Entertainment and Innovative Artists.