After an aggressive push into drama with the likes of House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Sense8, Netflix is now turning their attention to comedy.
The streaming giant has handed a 13 episode straight-to-series order to Grace and Frankie, a new single camera comedy series from Friends co-creator Marta Kaufman, Howard J. Morris and Paula Weinstein. Former Nine To Five co-stars Lily Tomlin (The West Wing) and Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) have been set as the leads in the project.
Grace and Frankie focuses on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who are 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.
The 13 episode comedy series was created and written by Marta Kaufman, Howard J. Morris & Paula Weinstein and is set up at Skydance Productions. Production is set to commence later this year and, as Netflix does with all of its original series, will be released in all territories where the streaming giant has a presence – including the US, the UK and Ireland – early next year. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
“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,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and anything but wholesome. We can’t wait.”
While Skydance Productions’ David Ellison added: “Netflix is redefining the way we produce and consume television and it’s 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.”