Netflix Announces New Original Comedy Series Starring Legendary Actresses
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has announced a new original comedy series called Grace and Frankie that will star Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. According to a press release from Netflix, the Internet television network has already ordered thirteen half-hour episodes for the show’s first season that will debut next year. The show will be produced by Skydance Productions and is written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Kauffman is perhaps best-known as one of the creators of the highly successful sitcom Friends. Morris currently writes and produces the television show Sullivan & Son and has previously worked on the shows The Starter Wife and Home Improvement.
As described by Netflix, the show is about “nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) facing the last chapter of their lives, though not in the way they expected. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other.”
Grace and Frankie will be the first project that Fonda and Tomlin have collaborated on since appearing together in the 1980 hit comedy film 9 to 5. Both actresses have garnered numerous awards for their work in film, television, and theater. Jane Fonda is a two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner, and Tony Award nominee. Most recently, Fonda was nominated for an Emmy for her guest appearance on HBO’s The Newsroom. Oscar-nominated Tomlin has won two Tony Awards, two Peabody Awards, seven Emmy Awards, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.