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'The Grinder' Costumer Fighting to Keep Gender-Based Claims in Fred Savage Lawsuit

'The Grinder' Costumer Fighting to Keep Gender-Based Claims in Fred Savage Lawsuit
The costumer who is suing Fred Savage over their interactions on the set of the former Fox series The Grinder is fighting to convince the court his alleged behavior toward her is because of her gender, after a Los Angeles judge tossed the claims in August.

Youngjoo Hwang first sued in March, claiming, among other things, that the actor struck her arm and yelled at her not to touch him while she was dusting off his suit on set. She revised her complaint after judge Holly Fujie dismissed several gender-based claims, finding Hwang failed to sufficiently prove any of the alleged behavior ...
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NBC Developing ‘Exes In Law’ Comedy From Niki Schwartz-Wright & Hazy Mills

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NBC has put in development Exes In Law, a half-hour comedy from Speechless writer-producer Niki Schwartz-Wright and Sean Hayes & Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills.

Written by Schwartz-Wright, Exes In Law is inspired by a real-life relationship she had. When Tess and Alex have an explosive break-up and vow never to see each other again, they’re horrified to discover that their younger siblings (and best friends) have been secretly dating and will soon be wed. Now, not only do they have to see each other again, they’re about to be family.

Schwartz-Wright executive produces alongside Hayes and Milliner. Universal TV, where Hazy Mills is based, is the studio.

Schwartz-Wright is currently co-executive producer on the upcoming NBC/Uni TV comedy series Abby’s. She previously worked on the ABC comedy series Speechless and also did stints on Fox’s The Grinder, ABC’s The Goldbergs, NBC’s The Office and MTV’s Awkward.
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TV's One-Hit Wonders: Forever, Pitch, Bunheads, The Grinder and 40+ More One-Season Shows We Still Miss

TV's One-Hit Wonders: Forever, Pitch, Bunheads, The Grinder and 40+ More One-Season Shows We Still Miss
A new fall TV season has finally arrived, and it’s got us feeling a bit nostalgic for long-gone series that never made it to Season 2 (or beyond). Don’t get us wrong: We’re still hooked on long-running series like Grey’s Anatomy and The Big Bang Theory, and there are plenty of sophomore-year standouts that we’re happy to have back on our screens.

But we’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss Pitch, or The Mayor, or Almost Human, or any of the dozens of quality series that were prematurely axed by the networks that aired them.
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NBC Buys Workplace Comedy ‘Like Magic’ From ‘Superstore’ Duo, Matt Hubbard & Julie Anne Robinson

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NBC has put in development Like Magic, a workplace comedy from Superstore writers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu, Forever co-creator Matt Hubbard, Julie Anne Robinson’s CannyLads Productions and Universal TV, where CannyLads and Hubbard are based.

Written by Kyle and Luu, Like Magic is a workplace comedy that follows an optimistic young woman pursuing her dreams in the mysterious world of the Magic Palace.

Kyle and Luu executive produce with Hubbard and Robinson. Cannylads’ head of development Kelly Pancho is a producer.

Kyle and Luu joined NBC comedy Superstore as writers in Season 2. Their other series writing credits include The Grinder and Marry Me.

CannyLads also has drama Capital with Carol Mendelssohn and a political murder mystery drama with Chuck Rose, both in development at NBC. Robinson is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern.

Hubbard is co-creator and executive producer with Alan Yang of new Amazon/Uni TV
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Get to Know Beth's Cousin on This Is Us, Because You'll See a Lot of Her This Season

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Image Source: NBC

Warning: This Is Us season two finale spoilers ahead.

This Is Us introduced a handful of new characters during its season two finale, but there is one person in particular who fans are dying to know more about: Beth's cousin Zoe. Let's just say, it took fans a total of 0.5 seconds to fall in love with her. Aside from being way too cool for her own good, we learn during the flash-forward that she actually ends up dating Kevin! Since you'll definitely be seeing a lot more of her in season three, get to know the actress behind the new addition to the Pearson family.

Image Source: Getty / Monica Schipper

If you're a fan of Syfy, then you're probably familiar with Melanie Liburd. The British actress starred as Nyx Harper on Dark Matter during its second and third seasons. Of course, that's not the only series she's been in.
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Get to Know Beth's Cousin on This Is Us, Because You'll See a Lot of Her This Season

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Image Source: NBC

Warning: This Is Us season two finale spoilers ahead.

This Is Us introduced a handful of new characters during its season two finale, but there is one person in particular who fans are dying to know more about: Beth's cousin Zoe. Let's just say, it took fans a total of 0.5 seconds to fall in love with her. Aside from being way too cool for her own good, we learn during the flash-forward that she actually ends up dating Kevin! Since you'll definitely be seeing a lot more of her in season three, get to know the actress behind the new addition to the Pearson family.

Image Source: Getty / Monica Schipper

If you're a fan of Syfy, then you're probably familiar with Melanie Liburd. The British actress starred as Nyx Harper on Dark Matter during its second and third seasons. Of course, that's not the only series she's been in.
See full article at BuzzSugar »

Judge Tosses Gender-Based Claims Against Fred Savage in Costumer's Lawsuit

Judge Tosses Gender-Based Claims Against Fred Savage in Costumer's Lawsuit
A California judge has tossed several gender-based claims against Fred Savage in a lawsuit from a former costumer who alleges he created a hostile work environment on the set of Fox series The Grinder.

Youngjoo Hwang claims Savage was verbally abusive, had a reputation for tormenting female crewmembers, and "violently" struck her arm while she was dusting dandruff off of his suit. She and her attorney Anahita Sedaghatfar announced the lawsuit during a March press conference. Both Savage and Fox immediately denied the allegations, and Hwang later withdrew her claims for assault and battery.

Judge Holly Fujie largely granted, with leave ...
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Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star

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Sharon Horgan Comedy Series In Works At Amazon From John Hamburg, Ian Helfer & Kapital; Billy Magnussen To Co-Star
Exclusive: Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan is eying another potential starring vehicle at Amazon. The streaming network has given a script-to-series commitment to a comedy series to star Horgan and Billy Magnussoen (Game Night). It hails from Horgan, John Hamburg (Meet the Parents) and his frequent collaborator Ian Helfer. Amazon Studios produces with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Horgan and and Clelia Mountford’s UK-based Merman.

Co-written by Horgan, Hamburg and Helfer and to be directed by Hamburg, the untitled comedy centers on a socially awkward, broke, single woman (Horgan) who launches a self-help company and recruits a handsome former male gymnast (Magnussen) to be the face of it.

Horgan and Mountford executive produce alongside Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment, Hamburg and Helfer.

The project stems from the overall deal Horgan and Merman inked with Amazon Studios earlier this year. The pact called for Horgan’s longtime TV collaborator,
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Rob Lowe to Host Mental Obstacle Course Competition for Fox

Rob Lowe to Host Mental Obstacle Course Competition for Fox
This show is literally up Rob Lowe’s alley.

Fox announced on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that it has tapped its erstwhile Grinder to host Mental Samurai, which is touted as “the first-ever obstacle course…for the mind.”

“When I was 15, I won big on The $10,000 Pyramid. I’ve loved mental competition shows ever since,” Lowe shared in a statement. “For me, Mental Samurai is addicting. Every time you play, you think: This time I’m gonna win! But this very simple game is almost impossible to crack.”

In each episode of Mental Samurai, which
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Rob Lowe Is TV’s Next Game Show Host, Signing On to New Fox Competition Series ‘Mental Samurai’

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Rob Lowe Is TV’s Next Game Show Host, Signing On to New Fox Competition Series ‘Mental Samurai’
Rob Lowe is returning to Fox, but in another guise. “The Grinder” star is now giving TV hosting a try with the new Fox competition series “Mental Samurai.”

Lowe is the host and a producer on the series, which comes from “American Ninja Warrior” and “Hell’s Kitchen” producers A. Smith & Co. The series is described as “the first-ever obstacle course… for the mind.”

“Mental Samurai” features contestants as they “battle the boundaries of their minds to answer questions accurately with speed and precision,” according to the official logline. “Not only does the course test their acumen in categories of knowledge, memory, numbers, and sequencing, but players will also have to contend with being transported around the set at high speeds in a specially designed capsule that is capable of rotating 360 degrees.”

The show is one of several competition programs announced Thursday by Fox, also including the game show
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Fox Orders Competition Series ‘Mental Samurai’ Hosted by Rob Lowe

  • Variety
Fox has given a series order to the competition series “Mental Samurai” with Rob Lowe set as the show’s host.

The announcement was made as part of Fox’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour on Thursday. The show will premiere during the 2018-2019 season.

Each episode will see contestants battle to answer questions accurately with speed and precision on a specially designed course. Not only does the course test their acumen in categories of knowledge, memory, numbers and sequencing, but players will also have to contend with being transported around the set at high speeds in a specially designed capsule that is capable of rotating 360 degrees.

“When I was 15, I won big on ‘The $10,000 Pyramid,’” said Lowe. “I’ve loved mental competition shows ever since. For me, ‘Mental Samurai’ is addicting. Every time you play, you think: ‘This time I’m gonna win!’ But this very simple
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Best TV to See in Aug.: ‘Better Call Saul,’ Lynyrd Skynyrd Doc and More

Best TV to See in Aug.: ‘Better Call Saul,’ Lynyrd Skynyrd Doc and More
We’re getting a lot of returning favorites this August, with new seasons of Better Call Saul, Insecure, The Sinner and Mr. Mercedes all hitting the airwaves — and all coming back strong. Meanwhile, cable lights up with an offbeat, Afrocentric late-night show, an unusual drama about a surfer joining a Freemasons-like secret society and docs on subjects ranging from Southern rock legends to Chicago high-school students to gone-too-soon movie stars. Here’s what you need to tune in to this month. (Our streaming recommendations for August will go up tomorrow.
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The Flash Casts Chris Klein as DC Supervillain Cicada in Season 5

The Flash Casts Chris Klein as DC Supervillain Cicada in Season 5
Did someone call for a metahuman exterminator?

American Pie vet Chris Klein is joining The Flash Season 5 in the series regular role of DC supervillain Cicada, TVLine has learned. The announcement was first made on Saturday during the series’ annual panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

Per The CW, Cicada is a “grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans.” He views the rise of metas as an epidemic, and seeks to exterminate them one by one. He’s the show’s second non-speedster Big Bad, following Season 4’s The Thinker.

In DC Comics lore, Cicada starts out as David Hersch.
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Natalie Morales Says Studio Security Guard Called Her an ‘Immigrant Criminal’ for Having ‘Keep Families Together’ Sign

Natalie Morales Says Studio Security Guard Called Her an ‘Immigrant Criminal’ for Having ‘Keep Families Together’ Sign
Natalie Morales took to Twitter shortly before the July 4 holiday to share an uncomfortable moment she had on a studio lot. Morales, best known for roles on sitcoms “The Grinder” and “Parks and Recreation,” said a security guard spotted a “Keep Families Together” sign in the backseat of her car and proceeded to yell at her and call her an “immigrant criminal.”

“If you would’ve told me [three] years ago having a sign that says ‘keep families together’ in my backseat would get me yelled at by a gate guard at a studio [and] called an ‘immigrant criminal’ I would have said, ‘Maybe if tr*mp wins but that’ll never happen. This country isn’t That stupid,'” Morales wrote.

The actress said the security guard read her sign out loud and then turned and started yelling, “making sure” she heard every word he said.

“I guess it’s too
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Rob Lowe Seeks Deep-Pocketed Buyer for Casually Aristocratic Montecito Estate

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Rob Lowe Seeks Deep-Pocketed Buyer for Casually Aristocratic Montecito Estate
Despite horrific wild fires that tore through the area in late 2017 and the catastrophic mudslides that took the lives of more than twenty people in early 2018, the laid-back yet emphatically aristocratic seaside community of Montecito, Calif., remains conspicuously expensive. Case in point: Rob Lowe’s spectacular estate that’s come available with an unquestionably kingly $47 million price tag.

Lowe, a six-time Golden Globe nominee, most recently in 2016 for the critically approved but none-the-less little watched and, thus, short-lived comedy series “The Grinder,” and his jewelry designer wife Sheryl Berkoff, married since 1991, acquired the locationally über-prime 3.4-acre, ocean-view property in 2005 for an undisclosed amount. They soon engaged the in-demand services of architect Don Nulty to custom design the main house and it’s satellite structures and they hired David Phoenix to do up the décor in a relaxed but refined fashion. Mark Rios transformed the grounds into what amounts to a private five-star resort and,
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Netflix Greenlights ‘Christmas In The Wild’ Movie Starring Kristin Davis & Rob Lowe

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I hear Netflix has given the green light to adventure-romance movie Christmas in the Wild. Sex and the City alumna Kristin Davis is in negotiations and Code Black star Rob Lowe is set to headline the movie, which is scheduled to begin filming in Africa in the next few weeks for a premiere during the 2019 holiday season.

Also cast in the movie, written by Neal Dobrofsky and Tippi Dobrofsky (The Wedding March TV movie franchise) and directed by Ernie Barbarash (A Royal Winter), is Lowe’s son John Owen Lowe.

Said to be in the vein of Eat Pray Love, Christmas in the Wild is set against the backdrop of the elephant poaching and conservation battles in the African wilderness. It centers on a woman (Davis) who, after her longtime husband walks out on her just before a family safari, goes anyway. Arriving in Africa she meets a bush pilot
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NBC Doubles Down on Comedy, Hands Series Orders to I Feel Bad and Abby's

In a potentially ominous sign for NBC’s remaining “bubble” comedies, the Peacock network has ordered a pair of sitcoms — the Amy Poehler Ep’d I Feel Bad and the Cheers-esque Abby’s — to series for the 2018-19 TV season.

The single-cam I Feel Bad (pictured, above) stars No Tomorrow‘s Sarayu Blue as Emet, a most imperfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. Per the logline, “She feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband [played by Paul Adelstein], or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when
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Arrow Season 7: Colton Haynes Set to Return as Series Regular

The CW’s Arrow has added a familiar face to its Season 7 arsenal.

Fan favorite Colton Haynes — who just last month reprised his role as Roy Harper, to usher former leading lady Willa Holland off the canvas — is set to return to the superhero drama as a series regular for Season 7.

“We’re very fortunate and excited to welcome back Colton to Arrow,” the show’s executive producers said in a statement. “While we’ve always enjoyed Colton’s returns to the show, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him return as a proper series regular — and we
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The Middle's Neil Flynn Joins Cast of NBC's Bar Comedy Pilot Abby's

The Middle's Neil Flynn Joins Cast of NBC's Bar Comedy Pilot Abby's
The Middle may be going off the air, but Neil Flynn won’t be out of work for long: The veteran sitcom actor has signed on to join the cast of the NBC comedy pilot Abby’s, our sister site Deadline is reporting.

The multi-cam pilot penned by Josh Malmuth (New Girl, Superstore) stars Parks and Recreation and The Grinder alum Natalie Morales as the title character, who runs an unlicensed bar in her open-air backyard in San Diego. Flynn will play Fred, one of Abby’s loyal customers. (Will people yell “Fred!” every time he walks in, though, we wonder?
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Fred Savage Accused of Harassment and Demeaning Female Crew on ‘The Grinder’; Fox Says Claims ‘Unfounded’

YoungJoo Hwang, a costume designer on the set of the 2015 Fox comedy “The Grinder,” has accused Fred Savage of harassment and being demeaning towards female crew members. Hwang appeared at a news conference March 21 with her her attorney, Anahita Sedaghatfar, to discuss the lawsuit she filed against Savage for harassment and discrimination.

Savage denied the accusations, calling them “completely without merit and absolutely untrue.” 20th Century Fox TV investigated the allegations and, according to the studio, they were “unfounded.”

According to documents obtained by TMZ, Hwang says Savage constantly “gave her dirty looks, rolled his eyes and hurled profanities at her” while making “The Grinder.” Savage allegedly told the woman he hated her and not to look at him. Hwang alleges Savage tormented female crew members on set and demanded they not follow him around.

When Hwang dusted dandruff off Savage’s jacket, she says he blew up at her and yelled at her,
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