{Exclusive} Fred Savage Exits Charlize Theron Comedy “Ladies Night”



           〉 Savage is exiting due to his commitment to The Grinder

Hot off the news today that Fox has given a full season order to The Grinder, sources have confirmed to The Tracking Board that will no longer be directing , the comedy that has attached to both star and produce. Savage came on to the project in 2013, back when was aiming for a 2014 start. Due to his commitment to The Grinder, Savage is exiting the R-rated Bridesmaids-esque pic, though the search has already begun for a new director.

Ladies Night centers on a woman who decides to move to New York after her commitment-phobic boyfriend refuses to propose. Though before she uproots, she decides to have one last night on the town with her girlfriends, which escalates into a series of wild shenanigans and comedic mishaps. Happy Endings scribe penned the romp based on his original pitch.

Theron has been developing the project as a comedic vehicle for years, along with and A.J. Dix via their Denver and Delilah shingle. and are producing for . will also produce, while oversees for Skydance.

Savage’s evolved from his Wonder Years start, becoming one of the most sought-after in . He’s helmed episodes of some of the biggest comedy series of the last decade, including Modern Family, Happy Endings, Party Down, 2 Broke Girls, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Most recently he directed episodes of the Yahoo! series Sin City Saints and Hulu’s Casual.

Notably, Savage’s return to acting finally came with Fox’s critically lauded comedy The Grinder, on which he plays the straight man to Rob Lowe’s eccentric actor. The comedy stars Lowe as famed lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka “The Grinder”), with Savage as his brother Stewart. After his long-running series comes to an end, Sanderson decides to move back to his hometown to work at his family’s law firm with his brother, despite lacking any formal education.

The Grinder was the second fall comedy to receive a back nine order, which will certainly lock up Savage’s schedule for the remainder of the year. Skydance is looking to shoot Ladies Night in 2016, which would conflict with Savage’s obligation to The Grinder.

Savage is repped by .


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