I previewed this show on the FOX press site. I really
wanted to like it because I love Rob Lowe and William Devane.
However, it's just not very funny at all. The characters are
just silly and dumb. They don't act like real people. It's a
farce, but it's not funny enough to make up for the
Fred Savage plays a small-town lawyer, Stewart, whose
brother, Dean, is a famous actor. Dean played a lawyer on a
long-running series that got canceled. Now that Dean is
unemployed, he starts interfering in Stewart's real-life
cases and acting like he's a lawyer. William DeVane plays
their father in a small role. Stewart's wife and kids
support him, especially when he gets frustrated by Dean, but
he also wants to keep the peace in the family. Dean plays on
his sympathy and makes Stewart feel sorry for him.
I wouldn't mind the show if only it were funny. It's not,
though. Too bad. I would skip this one.
Rob Lowe is also executive producer of the show. Below is
the note that he sent out to the press. This note is funnier
than the whole show!
Dear press member,
Hello! My name is Rob Lowe, and I am an actor. I have
appeared in numerous movies and television projects, both
dramatic and comedic. I have worked with many big stars,
including Martin Sheen, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and
Chris Pratt when he was fat. It is my profound honor to
introduce you to my latest project,
a new comedy premiering
Tuesday, Sept. 29 (8:30-9:00
PM ET/PT) on FOX,
now available for review on the FOX SCREENING ROOM.
I play The Grinder, DEAN SANDERSON,
a beloved TV star just finishing eight years on a legal
drama of the same name. Now, in an existential crisis, he
returns to his family in Boise, ID, to ponder his future,
much to the chagrin of his younger brother, STEWART, played
by beloved child actor Fred Savage (to be clear, Fred is NOT
playing a child actor; that would be weird and he's a lot
Wanting deeper and more authentic relationships in his life,
Dean is inspired by Stewart’s family. His wife, DEBBIE, is
played by Mary Elizabeth Ellis from “It's Always Sunny In
Philadelphia.” Although I've never heard of that
show, my kids tell me it's AWESOME!
Dean decides that despite having no law degree (or high
school diploma), he should join Stewart and their dad, DEAN
SR. (William Devane, the second best JFK ever), in the
family law firm. Dean’s a great character to play; larger
than life, a generous and enthusiastic spirit, warm and
loving, as well as utterly self-involved, oblivious to
almost everything and painfully overly-dramatic. He is
sometimes prone to bouts of pretension. But like the show
itself, there is a guileless sweetness to his madness. And
through the slightly insane, but enthusiastically loving,
POV of the reformed Hollywood superstar, our show will deal
with broad themes, like sibling rivalries in adulthood,
marriage, child-raising, office intrigue and dating, as we
offer sly, subtle commentary about today's culture of fame.
We are all really proud of our show. We feel that it is a
world you've never seen on TV, with really strong characters
and the perfect actors to play them. And it actually IS
“laugh out loud” funny…I
want to get ahead of myself, but I think this one might be
even better than “Dr.
We hope you'll feel the same way.
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