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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to reunite onscreen in new Netflix comedy series

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda to reunite onscreen in new Netflix comedy series

More than 30 years after they starred in the film 9 to 5, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting for a new Netflix comedy series.

In Grace and Frankie, the acclaimed actresses will play two women whose husbands have left them – for each other.

Complicating matters is that Grace (Tomlin) and Frankie (Fonda) are each other’s longtime nemeses and now find their lives permanently intertwined.

Netflix, home to such buzzworthy shows as Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and the reboot of Arrested Development, has ordered 13 episodes of the series which will premiere in 2015.

‘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 on Netflix,’ Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

It was in 1980 that the acclaimed actresses co-starred with Dolly Parton in the comedy smash 9 to 5. They played a trio of secretaries who take revenge upon their sexist boss.

The show marks the first time Fonda has headlined a TV series. But the two-time Oscar winner has had a recurring role on The Newsroom and in 1984 won an Emmy for the TV movie The Dollmaker.

But it is a quick return to series television for Tomlin who starred in the ABC sitcom Malibu Country with Reba McEntire during the 2012-13 season.

Tomlin, a seven-time Emmy winner, had also previously been a regular or had a recurring role on The West Wing, Murphy Brown and Desperate Housewives and first came to fame on the NBC comedy series Laugh-In.