Two veterans of the stage and screen, who shared the spotlight in an iconic comedy over 30 years ago, will reunite once more, this time in a Netflix original series.
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, partners in the 1980 hit ‘Nine to Five,’ will star now as rivals in a new Netflix comedy, ‘Grace and Frankie.’ The 13-episode series from Martha Kauffman, creator of ‘Friends,’ centers on these two enemies (frenemies?) whose lives are subverted when they both learn that their respective husbands are in love with one another and taking off together.
Due to this unforeseen change, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) slowly come to realize their lives are intertwined and that they have each other. The show is described by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos as “warm, very funny and anything but wholesome.” It was also said that the show was “created for [Fonda and Tomlin].”
The single-camera comedy is set to debut in 2015, and will be co-written by Howard J. Morris, whose previous credits include ‘Sullivan & Son’ and ‘Home Improvement.’
Fonda, Tomlin, Kauffman, and Morris have all won Emmys, and both lead actresses were lauded for their most recent performances. Fonda starred in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ and had a recurring role on HBO’s ‘The Newsroom,’ for which she earned a nomination. Tomlin recently starred in ‘Admission’ with Tina Fey, and is currently on Showtime’s ‘Web Therapy.’
'Grace and Frankie' joins an ever-expanding list of Netflix original content that includes 'House of Cards' and 'Orange Is the New Black.'