What Would You Ask Marta Kauffman

Larry King will be talking with co-creator of “Friends,” Marta Kauffman about her upcoming Netflix show “Grace and Frankie” – what do you want to know? Submit your questions in the form below for a chance to have your question asked on ‘Larry King Now’

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TV Review: Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’

The combination of demographic audacity (female protagonists … in their 70s?) and nostalgia (reuniting “9 to 5” co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) is more interesting than anything else in “Grace and Frankie,” a Netflix comedy that puts a (relatively) modern wrinkle on “The First Wives Club.” Here, the jilted spouses are very different women, thrown uncomfortably together when their husbands, longtime business partners, profess their love for each other. Stellar casting, however, goes only so far in masking a jokey approach and uneven tone that alternates between the women’s understandable hurt and betrayal, and stoned granny or old-queen gags.

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Review: ‘Grace and Frankie’ Isn’t What You Think It Is, and That Could Be A Great Thing

“Grace and Frankie” is a post-apocalyptic drama — for its title characters, at least. The first scene of the series sets up the premise with the blunt force of a nuclear explosion: Two women pushing 70 learn their husbands have been in a homosexual relationship for 20 years and are filing for divorce so that they can marry each other — “because we can do that now,” Robert (Martin Sheen) blurts out.

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Craig T. Nelson to Romance Jane Fonda on Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’

arenthood alum Craig T. Nelson has lined up not one but two gigs as his follow-up to NBC’s beloved family drama.

The actor has booked a recurring role on Netflix’s upcoming comedy Grace and Frankie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The single-camera comedy, due May 8, centers on nemeses Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, find they have each other.

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Q) Please tell us the premise for your new show “Grace and Frankie.”

A) The show centers around these two couples: Jane Fonda and Martin Sheen have been married for at least around forty years and Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston have been married for forty years. They both have their families. The men work together and are about to retire and for the last three quarters of their lives Jane & Lilly are fantasizing about traveling the world and enjoying their freedoms. In the pilot, the very first episode, Martin’s and Sam’s characters come clean about the affair they have been having with each other for the last twenty years and say they want to get divorced so they can marry each other. So, throughout the season one of my most enjoyable things to see was Sam and Martin in love. They are heavily, heavily in love with each other and are like teenagers with each other because they don’t have to hide it anymore. Seeing Martin Sheen cuddling Sam Waterston is about the cutest thing you will ever witness! But I think one of the smartest things about this show is that it doesn’t forget the fact that even though they are so happy to not have to hide anymore and now have taken who they are out into the open, they are not ignorant to the fact that they have also in a very strong way have betrayed these women. They have been lying to them and basically pulled the rug out from under them. That is where the show gets really, really honest and it doesn’t candy coat anything. It’s really a testament to Marta Kauffman, how she is able to find these truly moments like the two of them cuddling and being like star-crossed teenage lovers and really set a lot of truth in it as well. What is said in one of the episodes is that if these two men were having an affair with two women they would be criminalized. Baron Vaughn, who plays my brother, brings it up in the episode by saying that because of the way society is now that these two men coming out finally come to terms with they’re gay and we have to accept it. We have no choice, but to accept it. And it puts the family in a tough spot. If they were having an affair with a woman we would look down on it. Since they are coming out as gay, we have to find a way to accept it. It’s really interesting. It brought up this really not talked about element of that sort of relationship in the world these days. It stays really true to how we would be in these situations.

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First Look: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Reunite – on Netflix

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin famously starred side by side in the 1980 classic Nine to Five – and if these exclusive stills from their new Netflix series Grace and Frankie are any indication, they’ve still got it.

The two are reteaming for a Netflix original series from Skydance Productions about two women whose husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) leave them for (SPOILER ALERT) … each other.

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