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Jimmy (John Stamos) and Edie (Layla / Emelia Golfieri) in the "Pilot" episode of GRANDFATHERED series premiere airing TONIGHT - Tuesday, Sept. 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. | Erica Parise/FOX
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GRANDFATHERED: (L-R) Jimmy (John Stamos) and Gerald (Josh Peck) in the "Pilot" episode of GRANDFATHERED series premiere airingTuesday, Sept. 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. <div class=
GRANDFATHERED: (L-R) Jimmy (John Stamos) and Gerald (Josh Peck) in the “Pilot” episode of GRANDFATHERED series premiere airing TONIGHT – Tuesday, Sept. 29 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.
The new Fall TV season is upon us! As always, there are tons of new shows to check out, and I’ve got the skinny on two you won’t want to miss. I watched the premiere episodes for two new Fox shows premiering tonight – “GRANDFATHERED” and “THE GRINDER” – and both are not only a hoot, but bring back some classic TV veterans. And I am SO happy to see them onscreen again.

Remember the moment you first saw John Stamos and Rob Lowe on TV? It might have been “Full House,” “General Hospital” or “ER” for Stamos, or “The West Wing” for Rob Lowe (a show I just started watching!). Now these two TV icons are back on the tube and starring in their own hilarious and heartwarming shows – premiering TONIGHT!

In GRANDFATHERED,” Stamos plays a successful restaurateur and man-about-town named Jimmy Martino. He’s used to being the most suave, handsome and single person in the room. But all that changes when Jimmy’s adult son, Gerald (Josh Peck, “The Mindy Project”), and his baby daughter Edie show up. Keep in mind that Jimmy didn’t even know he had a son or granddaughter, and now he has to unlearn a lifetime of blissful selfishness and also grapple with the idea of going straight from “single” to “grandfather” in six seconds flat.

Keeping tabs on Jimmy is Gerald’s mother and Jimmy’s former girlfriend, rocker chick-turned-mother Sara (Paget Brewster, “Criminal Minds,” “Community”). Equally concerned about how Jimmy will manage these new developments is Jimmy’s restaurant family, especially assistant manager Annelise (Kelly Jenrette, “Audrey”) and chef Ravi (Ravi Patel, “Super Fun Night”).

The big questions: Can Jimmy teach Gerald to be a little more like him in order to win the affection of Edie’s hot mess of a mom, Vanessa (Christina Milian, “Family Guy,” “Baggage Claim”)? Will Jimmy and Sara fall for each other all over again, even though she’s the one thing he never dates – a woman his own age? And who’s higher maintenance, Jimmy or the baby?

GRANDFATHERED” is a lot of fun. I’ve always loved John Stamos, and it’s fantastic to see him in a brand new show that really showcases his comedic talents. The writing is funny, heartfelt and poignant, and puts a fresh twist on the “coming of age” genre.

The show is definitely worth checking out, if like me, you’ve enjoyed watching Stamos’ career over the years. He’s one of those actors that appeals to people of all ages, from moms like me to my teenage daughter and her friends. This show has a real chance of going the distance, and it’ll be fun seeing if his character will be able to put the brakes on his cruise-controlled bachelor lifestyle. And seriously, John Stamos as a grandfather? Hilarity ensues.

The crew of “Grandfathered” includes Creator/Writer, Daniel Chun; Director/Executive Producer, Chris Koch; and Executive Producers, Dan Fogelman and John Stamos.

Likewise, “THE GRINDER” continues the handsome-actor nostalgia, showcasing Rob Lowe’s good looks and comedic timing with a new twist on the family comedy genre. He and Fred Savage (another TV veteran who started as just a youngster in “The Wonder Years”) star in this show about two brothers: one a spotlight-grabbing actor who plays TV’s most popular lawyer, and the other, a real-life, small-town attorney who has yet to find his spotlight.

Dean Sanderson, Jr. (Lowe) has spent eight seasons playing the title role on the hit legal drama “THE GRINDER.” When his series ends, he decides to move back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho, where his brother, Stewart (Savage), is poised to take over the family law firm.

L-R: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Fred Savage, Hana Hayes, William Devane, Connor Kalopsis and Rob Lowe in the series premiere episode of THE GRINDER airing Tuesday, Sept. 29 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. | Ray Mickshaw/FOX

L-R: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Fred Savage, Hana Hayes, William Devane, Connor Kalopsis and Rob Lowe in the series premiere episode of “THE GRINDER” premiering TONIGHT – Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. | Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Despite having no law degree, no license to practice, and no experience in an actual courtroom, Dean’s charisma and flair for the dramatic make him absolutely certain he has something to contribute to the firm.

It doesn’t take long for him to start inserting himself into every aspect of Stewart’s life, both in the courtroom and at home, all to the amusement of Stewart’s wife, Debbie (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”); their two kids, 15-year-old Lizzie (Hana Hayes, “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) and 13-year-old Ethan (Connor Kalopsis, “Days Of Our Lives”); Dean and Stewart’s father, the law firm’s head, Dean Sr. (William Devane, “24: Live Another Day”) and the office’s tough-to-impress counselor, Claire (Natalie Morales, “Parks and Recreation”), who remains unfazed by Dean’s celebrity.

With a funny storyline and the veteran TV talents of Lowe, Savage and Devane, be sure and put “THE GRINDER” high on your list of new shows to check out. It premieres tonight – Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8:00/7:00c on FOX. Visit the official website and follow on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Google+ with hashtag #grandfathered.

And “THE GRINDER” premieres right after it tonight – Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX. Visit the show’s official website and follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Google+ with hashtag #thegrinder.
Yes! All this TV nostalgia in one hour of what I like to call Escape TV! Check out the trailers for both shows and sound off in the comments below. Are you excited to see these TV icons back on TV starring in their own shows? Be sure and tune in for the premieres tonight! 



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4 COMMENTS

    • Me, too! General Hospital is the first place I remember seeing him, and have loved everything he’s done since then. There was a short-lived show in 2001 called “Thieves” that starred him and Melissa George as cat burglars – which I thought was fantastic, so of course it only lasted one season.

  1. I LOVE both of these actors. They are, to me, of the golden age of my generation (golden not meaning old but…simply the best!). So happy to hear they are both back in new projects.

  2. I love Rob Lowe, but I’m still trying to get over some nasty comments he made about my Kansas City Royals during the World Series last year (he’s a Giants fan). 🙂 Do love William Devane, I’m going to have to catch this show!

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