Netflix, the world's leading Internet television network, will bring to its global members Grace and Frankie, a new original comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their marital circumstances. The 13- half-hour episode first season from Skydance Productions is written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, and will premiere next year. Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris, Paula Weinstein, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce.
Here's what Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos had to say about the series.
"Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest and most formidable actresses ever and it's an incredible privilege to give them the opportunity to run riot on Netflix. The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and anything but wholesome. We can't wait."
Executive producer David Ellison had this to say in his statement.
"Netflix is redefining the way we produce and consume television and its a true privilege to be in business with Ted and his amazing team. Working with the wonderfully talented Marta, Jane, Lily, Howard and their producer Paula Weinstein is a dream come true, and the story they have crafted is both hilarious and heartfelt."
The single-camera comedy focuses on 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. For updates on the series, follow @GraceandFrankie.
Two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and Tony Award nominee Jane Fonda recently starred on HBO's The Newsroom, and was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series," for her role on the show. She most recently was seen in Lee Daniels' the Butler and appears in "Better Living Through Chemistry, now in theaters.
Oscar-nominated Lily Tomlin recently won an Emmy for the HBO film, An Apology to Elephants, which she co-executive produced and narrated. Tomlin has won numerous other honors, including two Tony Awards, two Peabody Awards, seven Emmy Awards and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Last year, she co-starred with Tina Fey in the film, Admission, and currently appears on Showtime's Web Therapy. Tomlin continues to perform 30 to 50 theater concerts across the country each year.