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David Alan Grier Joins Fox’s Retirement Comedy Pilot ‘Cool Kids’

Actor David Alan Grier attends the Vulture Festival at The Standard High Line on May 21, 2017 in New York City.
Actor David Alan Grier attends the Vulture Festival at The Standard High Line on May 21, 2017 in New York City.

*David Alan Grier is among four comedy veterans set for Fox’s multi-camera retirement community comedy pilot Cool Kids, from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” masterminds Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton.

Former Carol Burnett Show star Vicki Lawrence, Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace”) and “Roseanne” alum Martin Mull are co-leads in the project, which revolves around three guy friends in a retirement community (Grier, Jordan, Mull) who are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel (Lawrence) who’s ready to challenge their place. It’s high school with 70somethings.

Don Scardino has signed on to direct the pilot, written by Day and Paul Fruchbom, with comedy veteran Kevin Abbott set as showrunner, reports Deadline.

Lawrence’s Margaret is the brash, hotheaded new arrival to the retirement community who thinks that the “Cool Kids” are a trio of cheesepuffs that she can easily herd, corral, and buffalo. Grier’s Hank is a mischievous schemer and one of the “Cool Kids” living in Shady Meadows retirement community with his three best friends from his childhood in Brooklyn. Jordan will play Sid, a cautious hypochondriac with a weird streak about him who grew up in Brooklyn along with Hank and Charlie, and he’s spending his Golden Years alongside them as well. Mull will play Charlie, the gruff third “Cool Kid” who is not a leader like Hank nor a follower like Sid, but who tends to go along with the consensus of the group.

The “Cool Kids” pilot will shoot in December for upfront consideration. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and FX Prods., is being executive produced by Day, McElhenney, Howerton, Abbott, Scardino and Nick Frenkel, with Fruchbom co-executive producing.

“Cool Kids” marks a reunion for Grier with 20th TV after his co-starring turn on the studio’s critically praised multi-camera NBC comedy “The Carmichael Show.”

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