Laughing With Lily Tomlin, From Laugh-In to Grace and Frankie

What led you to show business?

When I was a child, I invented shows I did on my back porch. I’d do everything—tell jokes, do magic tricks, tap dance, whatever I thought was engaging. I sold tickets. I’d cast the other kids.

No stage fright?

I was fearless. I didn’t fear anybody or anything when I was a kid. I constantly was striving to challenge myself. It’s when I got into [show] business that I started to fear things [laughs].

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Lily Tomlin to receive the SAG Life Achievement Award

Award-winning actress Lily Tomlin will be honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award at this year’s ceremony, the organization announced Thursday. Previous honorees include Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore.

The award recognizes career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will accept the prize during the SAG Awards, which will air Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

Tomlin’s major credits include Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Murphy Brown, Nine to Five, Sesame Street, The Magic School Bus, The West Wing, and most recently, the film Grandma, as well as Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie. Tomlin is also an executive producer on Grace and Frankie, which she stars on alongside Jane Fonda.

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Showrunner Marta Kauffman On Network Versus Netflix

Kauffman explained that networks would not have told this story about aging women before because, “They believe that television is aspirational, but they actually put that more on comedy than on drama. I mean you look at Breaking Bad, that’s not aspirational. So I don’t know why there aren’t the same rules applied to comedy.”

She had to push hard to recreate her place in the television world. “After Friends, all they wanted me to do was create another multi-camera show,” she shared. “I felt like, I’ve done that, I can’t compete with myself on this one, so I’ve got to redefine.”

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Set Visit: Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s Love and Friendship Comedy

Lily Tomlin is having a moment. Outside, it’s a sunny Thursday morning on the Paramount lot, but inside, on the set of Netflix’s single-camera comedy Grace and Frankie, a cloud threatens to overshadow a scene at the beach house where Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) have resided since their respective husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston), left them for each other. But it’s not Grace’s former husband or her new roommate making trouble for Tomlin, who earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the series’ first season. It’s the timing of a line.

After one take, she pounds her fist on the table and yells, “Damn it!” On another, she furrows her brow and curls her lip. However, a minute before rehearsals start up again, Fonda gently places her hands on Tomlin’s shoulders. She leans in, whispers in her ear, and suddenly that signature smile splashes across Tomlin’s face and laughter erupts.

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New Netflix ‘Binge Scale’ Reveals The Shows We Just Can’t Stop Watching

When it comes to the shows people just can’t seem to resist watching, Netflix has found that they tend to ‘assault your senses’ or ‘ go straight for the gut’.

Here, from most savored to most devoured, is the full list of Netflix’s most binged shows:

Dramatic Comedies: Flaked, Grace & Frankie, Nurse Jackie, Orange is the New Black, Parenthood, Rescue Me, Weeds

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