The Glorious Corner: “Grace and Frankie” Exit, Todd Phillips’ Joker, “Living The Luxe Life” and More

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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
By G.H. Harding

GRACE AND FRANKIE EXIT — (Via Hollywood Reporter) – The comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin has been renewed for a supersize seventh and final season.

With the 16-episode pickup, Grace and Frankie will wrap with a total of 94 episodes — three more than Netflix’s recently wrapped hour-long dramedy Orange Is the New Black. Had Netflix not granted the three additional episodes, Grace and Frankie would have tied Orange in terms of produced episodes.

“It’s thrilling and somehow fitting, that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix,” co-creators and showrunners Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris said in a statement.

The renewal continues the comedy’s track record of earning a pickup ahead of its upcoming season; the sixth season will return in January 2020. Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry will all return for comedy’s final season.

“Since its premiere in 2015, Grace and Frankie has expertly and hilariously demystified the experience of growing older and given a voice to the fastest growing segment of our population,” stated Netflix’s Cindy Holland. “Jane, Lily, Sam and Martin have become role models for fans that span generations around the world, and we are so proud to have been a part of the show’s journey from day one. A special thanks to Marta, and Howard.”

With Grace and Frankie’s end in sight, Netflix continues to bring many of its longest-running originals to a conclusion. Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is the New Black wrapped up earlier this year after seven seasons and House of Cards — the streamer’s first-ever scripted original — concluded (without star Kevin Spacey) after six seasons in late 2018.

“We are both delighted and heartbroken that Grace and Frankie will be back for its seventh, though final, season,” Fonda and Tomlin said in a joint statement. “We’re so grateful that our show has been able to deal with issues that have really connected to our grand generation. And their kids, and amazingly, their kids as well! We’ll miss these two old gals, Grace and Frankie, as much as many of their fans will, but we’ll still be around. We’ve outlasted so many things — just hope we don’t outlast the planet.”

Grace and Frankie has earned 11 Emmy and six SAG nominations so far. A premiere date for the final season has not yet been determined.

Brecker Brothers with Will Lee
Kjersti Long

SHORT TAKES — Q1043’s Ken Dashow at Honey West show last week at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room. WFUV’s Darren DeVivo hosted the event … 12-year old Kjersti Long, shooting a video for her song “Not Your Princess” next week. Track is from her debut Broadway Records release Stronger Than You Think I Am … The 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival closed Saturday night with the top prize going to the villain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix. Todd Phillips’ Joker took home the Golden Lion top prize in Venice on Saturday night, while Roman Polanski won the second place Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy. Upon receiving the prize, Phillips thanked “Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie.” Can’t wait for this one: it unspools on October 4 … Was briefly in L.A. for the Living The Luxe Life book launch (at the Luxe Sunset Blvd. Hotel) and was great to see such old friends as Joel Diamond, Rebecca Holden, Judd and Michael Bernard; Paul Maslansky; and, Beth Wernick. And, we even managed to score a breakfast at King Roads on Beverly. Sensational quick-trip … Wendy Stuart Kaplan joins in the Generations Project for the LGBTQ+ Stories of 9/11 this Wednesday at St. Mark’s Church at 131 East 10th at 7:00 PM … Great interview with Sheryl Crow on yesterday’s Sunday Today With Willie Geist. I definitely do want to check out her latest album release Threads …Still no new Stephen Bishop album from the Left Coast. I don’t know, is it a personal thing? We’re calling Stephen tomorrow at his home. Stay tuned Happy Bday Will Lee!

Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Sarah Clark; Beth Wernick; Joel Diamond; Rebecca Holden; Judd and Michael Bernard; Roy Trakin; Lance Henriksen; Alan Kaplan; Alan Smithee; Richard Johnson; Nancy Harrison; Roy Trakin; and, CHIP.

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