Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“9 to 5” Reunion Set for Final Season of “Grace and Frankie” as Dolly Parton Joins Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin in Series


Netflix has saved the best for last.

Dolly Parton is joining Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for the seventh and final season of “Grace and Frankie.”

This will be a 40th year reunion of the gals from “9 to 5,” who made that comedy such a smash hit when it was released in 1980.

Since then, Jane, Lily, and Dolly have remained close friends. There was a TV spin off on ABC of “9 to 5” that ran for one season, and on which Fonda made a special appearance. There was always talk of a sequel to the famed film, but nothing ever developed.

The news that the ladies will reunite on the final 12 episodes of “Grace and Frankie” should make the show’s drop day — that’s when Netflix reveals an entire series at once — a big one.

PS What about Dabney Coleman? He was the co-star in “9 to 5,” who played the boss, Franklin Hart. Coleman — with a long celebrated career — will turn 90 on January 2, 2022. His last listed credit was playing Kevin Costner’s dad in “Yellowstone” in 2019.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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