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Thursday, May 7, 2015

PILOT PICKUPS: The Grinder, Grandfathered, The Guide to Surviving Life, Rosewood

FOX has added four more shows for next year: comedies The Grinder, Grandfathered, and The Guide to Surviving Life as well as drama Rosewood. These join the already picked up Houdini & Doyle, Scream Queens, and the X-Files reboot.

The Grinder is a single camera sitcom that brings Rob Lowe and Fred Savage back to TV. It has been a hot pilot throughout the process. Lowe plays a TV lawyer who moves back to his small hometown when his series ends and thinks he has the chops to take over the family's law business. Savage plays his brother and the series also stars Mary Elizabeth Ellis, William Devane, and Hana Hayes.

Grandfathered is a single camera sitcom bringing John Stamos back to TV. Another standout throughout pilot season, Stamos plays a charismatic bachelor who suddenly finds out he is a father and a grandfather. The show also stars Paget Brewster, Christina Milian, Kelly Jenrette, and Ravi Patel. It's quite possible that The Grinder and Grandfathered will be paired together somewhere on the schedule.

The Guide to Surviving Life is another single camera sitcom, but it wasn't quite as talked about during pilot season. It stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as a 26 year old man who films videos on surviving life and love in your 20s. The comedy also stars Meaghan Rath, James Earl, Charlie Saxton, Justin Bartha, and Maureen Sebastian.

Rosewood stars Morris Chestnut as a brilliant pathologist in Miami who can solve crimes by looking at bodies. His optimism is a stark contrast to the detective he works with. The drama also stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones. It seems like this might be FOX's planned successor for the very old Bones.

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