Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin in Netflix sitcom; Billy Crystal to star in FX series
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Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda and her "9 to 5" co-star, Lily Tomlin, will reunite in a comedy series from "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman, while FX has ordered a comedy series starring Billy Crystal.
Netflix announced Wednesday that Fonda and comedy icon Tomlin will play the respective title roles in "Grace and Frankie," a single-camera comedy about two longtime rivals who find themselves depending on each other following changes in their marital circumstances. The streaming-video service has ordered 13 half-hour episodes, which are set to premiere next year.
"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," Netflix executive Ted Sarandos said in a statement, describing the show as "warm, very funny and anything but wholesome."
Set to premiere next year, the comedy was created by Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, whose writer-producer credits include "Home Improvement," "According to Jim" and the recent "Sullivan & Son."
Fonda and Tomlin, who starred with Dolly Parton in the 1980 hit workplace comedy "9 to 5," are among the executive producers.
Also next year, fellow comedy icon Crystal, of Long Beach, will star with Josh Gad of "The Book of Mormon" in the single-camera sitcom "The Comedians," about a veteran comedy star reluctantly paired with a young up-and-comer on a late-night sketch show. It is Tony and Emmy Award winner Crystal's first regular TV starring role since playing Jodie Dallas in the groundbreaking 1977-1981 ABC series "Soap."
"We're incredibly excited about 'The Comedians' and the fact that Billy Crystal will be making his return to series television on FX," said network executive Nick Grad. Production is set to begin this year and the show will premiere next year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Based on a Swedish show of the same title, it was adapted by Larry Charles ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") and Ben Wexler ("Community").