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The Grinder: Ben Wexler named new showrunner

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There’s a new man in charge at The Grinder.

Fox’s new legal comedy starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage has officially named Ben Wexler as the showrunner/executive producer, EW has learned. Wexler — who most recently served as showrunner/executive producer of Billy Crystal’s short-lived FX comedy The Comedians — replaces Greg Malins, who exited the show late last month due to “creative differences.”

Wexler’s other recent credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, the revived Arrested Development, and Community. In his new job — which began a few weeks ago — he’ll work closely with Grinder creators/executive producers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (Allen Gregory). The show’s other executive producers are Jake Kasdan (New Girl), Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Lowe.

The Grinder, which debuts Sept. 29, centers on an actor who is famous for portraying a TV lawyer (Lowe) and now returns to his hometown of Boise to try to become a real-life lawyer like his brother Stewart (Savage).

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