A day after giving a Back 9 order to The Grinder, Fox did the same with its other new comedy series, Grandfathered. The plan always had been for both series to get full-season orders. While The Grinder is fully owned, Grandfathered is a co-production between ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV, so I hear it took longer to sort out some digital distribution issues, leading to the pickup delay.
Grandfathered, starring John Stamos, is anchoring Fox’s Tuesday comedy block at 8 PM and has been the higher-rated between the two new half-hour series, averaging a 2.1 Live+7 rating among adults 18-49.
“Grandfathered had the Herculean task of self-starting on what is an incredibly competitive Tuesday night, and the series has proven itself up to the challenge,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden.
Grandfathered, created and written by Daniel Chun, stars Stamos as a life-long bachelor who suddenly finds out he is a father and a grandfather. Josh Peck and Paget Brewster co-star. The series is executive-produced by Chun, Dan Fogelman and Stamos. Chris Koch serves as director and executive producer.
Fox now has determined the fate of all of its new fall series for the rest of the season, with comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder and drama Rosewood getting full-season orders and drama Minority Report getting its 13-episode order reduced to 10 episodes. Scream Queens was designed for a limited order, so the series is done for its first installment.