In the new Netflix comedy, “Grace and Frankie,” Lily Tomlin, who is openly gay, is married to a man who comes out as gay in his 70s. Got that straight?
The show, which first aired in May, was recently renewed for its second season, which will debut in 2016.
“Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” Marta Kauffman, series co-creator and exec producer, told Deadline.com, “because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a Season 2.’ So yes, there is a Season 2. We have Ted (Sarandos) and Miley to thank.”
Tomlin’s character is part of a stellar cast starring four Emmy winners in the lead roles. The foursome’s two heterosexual couples’ husbands are successful divorce attorneys and law partners in San Diego. When they announce they are leaving their wives, it is for each other.
The women, Grace and Frankie, portrayed by veteran actors Jane Fonda and Tomlin, were once at odds. Now they are forced to forge an unlikely friendship by their husbands’ actions, which also leads them to share one of the couple’s two homes, creating a new sense of family.
Fonda and Tomlin are also among the executive producers, which include Skydance Productions, the makers of a long list of successful feature films, including the Star Trek franchise.
For her role as outstanding lead actress in a comedy, Tomlin, who has already landed seven Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy and many other accolades, is nominated for a 2015 Emmy.
The show’s leading men are portrayed by Martin Sheen as Robert Hansen, Grace’s husband, and Sam Waterston as Sol Bergstein, Frankie’s spouse. The new type of “Friends” meets “The Odd Couple” was co-created by Kauffman, the co-creator of “Friends,” together with Howard J. Morris.
Kauffman’s resume is filled with Jewy credits. In 2012, she produced the successful documentary, “Hava Nagila: The Movie.”
In 2008, she served as the executive producer for “Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh.”
As for Tomlin, she currently stars in the new feature film, “Grandma,” in the feisty title role as an aging lesbian amidst an impressive cast.
With her renewed role in the spotlight at age 75, she has openly discussed her sexual orientation as the show has gained attention.
“I never lied, but wasn’t forthcoming about it,” she told the New York Daily News. “Now I am able to talk about myself openly, which is freeing, and I’m very happy that I am able to do so.”