The Grinder is staying put on Tuesday nights. Fox has handed out a back-nine/full-season order to the comedy series starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, TVWise has learned. The first season of The Grinder will now consist of twenty-two episodes.
Created by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, The Grinder tells the story of beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (Rob Lowe), who is known professionally as 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. The comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Rob Lowe, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane, Hana Hayes and Fred Savage.
“The Grinder is the perfect combination of razor-sharp wit and relatable family dynamics — two hallmarks of successful comedies,” said David Madden, Fox’s President of Entertainment. “The critics have embraced this original, fresh and funny show, and the talented cast – led by Rob Lowe and Fred Savage – has done such an incredible job infusing it with biting humor and heartfelt moments. We are so excited about the storylines that these fantastic producers have planned for the rest of the season.”
The full-season pick up has been in the works for the past two weeks, after Fox handed out an order for six additional scripts to both The Grinder and Grandfathered. Both series have been decent ratings performers for the network, with The Grinder boosting the performance of the time-slot by 70% in the demo compared to last year. Grandfathered has marginally better ratings than The Grinder and is also expected to get a pick up soon. The fact that it is not wholly owned by Fox, like The Grinder is, is what is delaying the full season order.
The Grinder is only the sixth new series to swing a full-season order in what has been a fairly lackluster fall season, especially on the comedy side. The other series that have landed pick-ups include Blindspot at NBC, Quantico and comedy Dr. Ken at ABC, Rosewood at Fox and Limitless at CBS. ABC has also ordered a full season of sophomore comedy Fresh Off The Boat (originally it was renewed with only a 13 episode order as the first season launched midseason).