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Jason Alexander The Grinder

Jason Alexander Joins Fox's Grinder

Rob Lowe and Fred Savage’s upcoming Fox comedy is adding another small-screen legend to its ranks.

Jason Alexander, best remembered for starring in a little-known sitcom called Seinfeld, has been cast as Cliff Beamis, the writer/creator of The Grinder‘s titular show-within-a-show in which Lowe’s character starred for eight seasons.

The news was broken late Tuesday night by Lowe on Twitter, following the show’s panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles:

Since Seinfeld wrapped in 1998, Alexander has starred in a number of short-lived series, including ABC’s Bob Patterson and CBS’ Listen Up! He also appeared in several episodes of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing himself.

If you weren’t already planning on tuning in to The Grinder, premiering Sept. 29 at 8:30/7:30c, is Alexander’s casting enough to change your mind? Drop a comment with your thoughts on this addition below.

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  1. prish says:

    I’ve been looking forward to the show, and Alexander should make it more fun.

  2. Jim says:

    Is this a recurring role, or is he going to be full time?

  3. Ralph says:

    UGH. Not a fan

  4. Nathan W says:

    Adding to an already impressive cast. Looking forward to this one.

  5. Cat says:

    Only time I “watched” Jason Alexander was as the voice of “Duckman” on the Cartoon Network.
    Duckman was a totally obnoxious character…much like they describe his character in “The Grinder” Not sure whether his addition will be good or bad…time will tell.

  6. ex360 says:

    The writer/creator of “The Grinder” will be based on Larry David? Will Jason play Larry now?

    • Jules says:

      That’s what I thought! Oh, look — Jason Alexander will be playing the fictional equivalent of Larry David again! (In real life, by the way, I’ve heard that Jason Alexander is a really nice guy and very easy to work with. Larry David gets a different kind of review…)

  7. Belle says:

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting the premiere of this show…adding another tv comedy legend to the mix can never hurt :)

  8. Bob Walko says:

    I wonder if he plays Larry David?

  9. Was looking forward to this show, but the addition of Jason Alexander just caused major shrinkage in my interest. I did however enjoy his scenes in the Hollywood, Florida series, but everything else since Seinfeld, MEH…

  10. Gwen says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this show, but I am not a fan of Jason Alexander.

  11. Rain says:

    Well, I WAS looking forward to this show, now I may just have to skip it. I can’t stand Jason Alexander.

  12. tsevca says:

    Another show looking to resurrect 1990s comedy style? Don´t they ever learn? Hopefully, his role won´t be too big.