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'The Grinder' executive producer Nicholas Stoller talks show's inspiration




A screen capture from YouTube of Rob Lowe and Ben Savage from 'The Grinder' show trailer.
A screen capture from YouTube of Rob Lowe and Ben Savage from 'The Grinder' show trailer.
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"The Grinder" debuted on Fox last week. The sitcom revolves around brothers Dean and Stewart, played by Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, respectively.

Dean spent years playing a lawyer as the star of a courtroom drama called, well, "The Grinder." After his show gets canceled, Dean decides to move back home and pursue a career as a real lawyer. Hilarity ensues. 

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Nicholas Stoller is the show's executive producer. He spoke with host Alex Cohen about the inspiration behind the plot, which often makes fun of TV courtroom shows.

Stoller says that -- for the production team -- writing for Dean's show is one of the most fun parts of the process. "Everyone has a million pitches on the show within the show," Stoller says. "Not only because it's fun to parody that kind of thing, but I'm sure a part of all us -- especially all comedy writers -- kind of wishes we were writing serious stuff once in a while." 

Stoller adds that Dean's "Grinder" could be its own show. 

"It's not that pushed, in terms of what you actually see when you turn on the TV these days," Stoller says. 

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