UPDATE, 02:15AM: As it turns out Fox isn’t quite done with series orders just yet. The network has added to the earlier pick up for The Grinder and Rosewood by handing out series orders to comedy pilots Grandfathered, starring John Stamos, and The Guide To Surviving Life (formerly known as Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Life). Some more drama pick ups (as noted below) are still expected, but this looks like it for the network’s comedy slate.
From The Office scribe Danny Chun, Grandfathered sees John Stamos playing a version of himself: a longtime bachelor whose life is upended after he learns he’s a father and grandfather. The comedy is produced by ABC Studios and stars John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster, Christina Milian, Kelly Jenrette and Ravi Patel. Danny Chun and The Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman executive produce.
The Guide To Surviving Life is a single camera comedy which celebrates the mistakes and misadventures we all make during the years after college, before settling down. The comedy is produced by 20th Century Fox Television & Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group and stars Jack Cutmore-Scott, Meaghan Rath, James Earl, Charlie Saxton, Justin Bartha and Maureen Sebastian. Jay Lacopo created the series and serves as an executive producer alongside Gail Berman.
PREVIOUS, 1:23AM: With only days before their Upfront presentation, Fox has handed out their first series orders. The network has picked up comedy pilot The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe; and procedural drama Rosewood to series. Perhaps unsurprisingly as these were the first orders for the network, both hail from sister studio 20th Century Fox Television.
Penned by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, The Grinder tells the story of beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (Lowe), who is known professionally 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. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane and Hana Hayes also star. The executive producers are Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel, Rob Lowe and Jake Kasdan.
Rosewood follows Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr, the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.
The hour-long medical drama is being produced 20th Century Fox Television and stars Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle and Maggie Elizabeth Jones. The script was penned by Todd Harthan, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Richard Shepard directed the hour-long pilot.
Rosewood and The Grinder become the third and fourth series to land a spot on Fox’s 2015-2016 schedule. The network previously handed out straight-to-series orders to Ryan Murphy’s horror comedy anthology series Scream Queens; and the six episode X-Files revival which is being shepherded by series creator Chris Carter and has original cast members David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi on-board to reprise their roles.
Rumour has it that this may be it for series orders out of Fox, for today at least. The network still has a number of pilots that are expected to go to series, with the deals for those pick ups still being worked out. Those projects expected to get an official greenlight at Fox in the next 24-72 hours are Howard Gordon’s Frankenstein, feature film sequel Minority Report, and comic book adaptation Lucifer (pick ups on the comedy side are not quite as clear).