An art show puts Grace And Frankie’s character-driven comedy on display

Grace And Frankie’s third season jumps into the messy dynamics brought out in the final altercation between its titular characters and their families at the end of season two. Last season, Grace and Frankie were at their most fraught, pulled apart by Grace’s drinking problem. But the death of their dear mutual friend Babe brought them back together again, only to realize that they’re still each other’s greatest allies and advocates: Their ex-husbands and children all take them for granted and underestimate them. So Grace and Frankie were thrust back together again, deciding to turn their unlikely friendship into an unlikely business partnership. The third season opens on this new chapter in their relationship. Grace and Frankie are back and making vibrators for older women.

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Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin on Aging, Exes and ‘Grace and Frankie’ Appeal

When the cast and crew of Grace and Frankie took the stage Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, they did so with money on their mind.

Partway through the session, star Jane Fonda revealed that anyone on the panel who could make the cavernous ballroom of reporters laugh would get paid $100. “We were told you were very serious and don’t laugh very much,” the actress joked, racking up an easy $100. Over the course of the lively panel, her Netflix co-stars Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston found themselves cleaning up, too.

In between the laughs, however, came poignant insights about what made their comedy about two seventysomething women whose husbands have fallen in love with each other resonate. “I think people are astonished by this show,” said Waterston. “They don’t expect such delicate, difficult and hard subjects as late-life sexual orientation changes, divorce, death itself and aging to be funny at all.” Fonda added that the series likely gives its older viewership hope as well.

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Why everyone is obsessed with Lily Tomlin again

The film “Grandma” is showcasing Lily Tomlin’s sly wit for a new generation of viewers — who are falling in love with the 75-year-old much the way America did 45 years ago when she was a breakout star on NBC’s “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”
“Grandma” is making Tomlin a hot commodity again after her 60-year career on stage, film and TV — much the same way that “Downton Abbey” made Maggie Smith “hot” again, at roughly the same age (Smith was 75 when the show premiered in 2010). Tomlin’s even been mentioned as an early Oscar contender.
For those who don’t know about Tomlin’s heralded early career, we have put together an introduction, with clips and highlights. For one thing, she was always the smartest person in the room, a comic who was able to develop her gifts on a variety of platforms: television, recordings, Broadway and film. And this all began in 1970, the year Tina Fey, among the dozens of female comics influenced by Tomlin, was born.

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