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‘Grandfathered’ Creator on John Stamos: ‘He’s a TV Star in a ‘Way That Very Few People Are’

29 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Stamos is returning full-time to TV with Fox’s “Grandfathered,” in which the “Full House” alum plays a somewhat parodied version of himself, as a 50-something ladies’ man. The big difference? His character finds out he’s a father — and a grandfather.

Creator Danny Chun says that “Grandfathered” was the result of wanting to come up with a comedy vehicle for Stamos.

“It came from me wanting to create a show for John Stamos. John and I were kind of interested in working together,” Chun told Variety. “I’m a recent parent so the theme of being in over your head with parenting was funny to me, and then with John, I thought of the funny twist.”

Chun, one of Variety‘s 10 Scribes to Watch, has high hopes for Stamos’ star-power.

“He’s just at such an interesting moment. It’s really just a perfect moment in his career for a role like this. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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TV Review: ‘Grandfathered,’ ‘The Grinder’

25 September 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Seldom do two new programs arrive looking as compatible as “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” for good and ill. John Stamos and Rob Lowe both play image-spoofing versions of their red-hot-in-the-’80s personas, the former as a Lothario who suddenly meets a son and granddaughter he didn’t know he had, the latter as a TV star who, with his show over, decides to go back home, much to the chagrin of his down-to-Earth brother. Each series possesses modest charms, although it’s not clear either is going to age particularly well — even if its stars have — once the novelty wears off.

Beyond casting Lowe, “The Grinder” is primarily built around that familiar joke that he’s not a lawyer but plays one on TV. In this case, he’s Dean Sanderson, who starred as an attorney in a long-running show, so much so that he can (or at least believes »

- Brian Lowry

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