Stars: Fred Savage, Rob Lowe
Premise: Lowe plays Dean Sanderson, a childish and spoiled actor famous for portraying a lawyer in a network drama called “The Grinder.” When his show ends, he returns to rural America to visit his brother, Stewart (Savage), an uptight and inexperienced actual lawyer, and weasels his way into his brother’s practice.
Pilot Watch: Lots of fun. Savage and Lowe clearly enjoy playing to their familiar (stereo)types — Savage gets frustrated at his brother’s antics and fails to understand why he’s the only one who does. Lowe, still calling himself “The Grinder,” charms everyone he meets (including a judge and jury he’s got no business arguing in front of). He firmly believes that spouting catch-phrases and dialogue from his show is enough to win a case.
William Devane is terrific as the boys’ father (also a lawyer), who inexplicably sides with Lowe’s character most of the time. The rest of the family, including Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Savage’s wife (she used to date The Grinder) and a couple of generic kids don’t add much to the pilot, but the battle for the children’s hearts and minds between Savage and Lowe could provide plenty of comic fodder. And it should continue to be fun watching Lowe’s and Savage’s characters learn from each other.
Check out this trailer and let us know what you think of “The Grinder.”