The Comedians co-creator/showrunner Ben Wexler has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner of Fox’s upcoming comedy series The Grinder starring Rob Lowe. The gig is part of an overall deal Wexler has inked with The Grinder studio 20th Century Fox TV.
On The Grinder, Wexler succeeds Greg Malins, who departed as showrunner three weeks ago. Wexler has been working in the show’s writers room for the past two weeks while his deal was being hammered out. Wexler will work closely with creators/executive producers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul and director/executive producer Jake Kasdan.
The single-camera Grinder stars Lowe as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka “The Grinder”), with Fred Savage starring as his brother, Stewart. When his long-running hit series comes to an end, Sanderson 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. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane and Hana Hayes co-star.
The new deal keeps Wexler in the 20th TV fold — his most recent series, The Comedians, was produced by the studio’s Fox 21 TV Studios division. The Grinder gig also reunites him with Fox Entertainment president David Madden who developed The Comedians at Fox TV Studios. And in another reunion, Wexler gets to work again with Savage, the star of the 1997 NBC comedy series Working where Wexler landed his first staff writer job. Wexler’s resume also includes gigs on Community and Arrested Development. He is repped by WME and Patti Felker.