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Rob Lowe is making his return to broadcast television.
After departing NBC’s beloved Parks and Recreation, the prolific actor has been tapped to star in and executive produce the new Fox comedy The Grinder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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From 20th Century Fox Television, The Grinder stars Lowe as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka the Grinder). When his long-running hit series comes to an end, Sanderson finds himself at a crossroads in his life and decides to move back to his small hometown, thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm.
Jarrad Paul (Yes Man, Liar Liar) and Andrew Mogel will pen the script and executive produce alongside Sex Tape‘s Nicholas Stoller. Jake Kasdan will executive produce and direct the single-camera pilot. The comedy reunites Paul and Mogel with frequent collaborator Stoller.
For Lowe, this marks his return to broadcast TV following his run on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. It also reunites him with Stoller and Kasdan after his co-starring role in Sex Tape. A five-time Golden Globe nominee, Lowe’s TV credits include NBC’s The West Wing and HBO’s TV movie Behind the Candelabra. He’s currently in production in London on Working Title TV and Big Balls Films’ Apocalypse Slough — which will air stateside on NBC — and will be seen this Christmas in Paramount’s Monster Trucks. He’s also returning for the final season of Parks.
Lowe, always in demand, was also attached to star in a family comedy developed at NBC that did not move to pilot. Last season, he was set for tennis comedy The Pro for NBC, that came packaged with Lowe attached to star.
Stoller, meanwhile, also has NBC comedy pilot Go Jerrod Go in contention. His credits include Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
For Fox, this marks the network’s eighth comedy pilot of the season — even with last year’s count — and sixth single-camera vehicle (up one from last year).
Lowe is repped by WME, Brillstein and O’Melveny & Myers. Paul and Mogel — who most recently wrote and directed the Sundance competition entry The D Train, which sold to IFC — are with UTA, Mosaic and Ziffren. Kasdan is with WME.
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