In this sitcom, Rob Lowe leaves playing a famous lawyer on TV to become a real lawyer, driving his lawyer brother crazy, premiers Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, at 8:30pm, 7:30c **** 4 stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/9/29 – “It’s just fun to say,” says The Grinder star Rob Lowe. “I just like being able to tell people that I’m going to grind with them on Tuesday nights on FOX. It’s a story of a father who, for whatever reason, has one son who can do no wrong, no matter how ridiculous he is. And the other son has to struggle for attention.”
It’s an Everyone Love’s Raymond situation where one son can do no wrong and the other son suffers for it. The Grinder is fun and Lowe is funny, not surprising after his work in Parks and Recreation. A delight is William Devane as Lowe’s father. Devane is funny, too.
In The Grinder Lowe plays Dean a TV actor who’s vain and used to adulation from the public. After his show gets cancelled, he visits home for a bit. Sibling rivalry between the brothers is what drives the show. They must learn to work together. Fred Savage is perfectly suited for the role.
Dean Sanderson (Lowe) and his brother Stewart (Fred Savage) are as different as can be. Dean is the one who can do no wrong in the eyes of their father Dean Sr, William Devane, 24: Live Another Day). Dean went off to Hollywood and started in the show The Grinder for eight years. Stewart joined his father at his law firm hoping to gain some of the love. When Dean’s show is cancelled he comes home. Their father is thrilled, but Stewart knows he has to fight being pushed back into the shadow of his bigger-then-life brother. Dean is the hero of Stewart’s kids. When he has to go to court for a client, Stuart gets stage fright. Dean wants to help his brother. He played a lawyer on TV. How hard can it be to be a lawyer in real life?
“My family lives in Dayton, Ohio,” says Lowe. “I go back there all the time. I’ll be at the Stop and Go getting a Slurpee, and somebody will come up to me and go, ‘Boy, that per-screen average on the second Twilight franchise was really down.’ So it’s like, I got news. News flash, America understands show business.”
“One of my favorite things about the pilot is it feels real,” says Lowe. “It doesn’t feel like a TV..an orb, a TV‑comedy marriage, you know. It’s like they get each other. They have fun with each other. They give each other shit. You get the sense that they have each other’s backs and also have a really good sense of each other’s shortcomings. I know that’s a lot to be communicated in two or three scenes, but they are so good that I love it. I just think it’s one of my favorite things about the show.”
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Created and written by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul (The D Train). Executive-produced by Mogel, Paul, Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors), Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother), Melvin Mar (New Girl) and Rob Lowe. Jake Kasdan (New Girl) is both the director and an EP.