Netflix has announced that Grammy winner Dolly Parton has officially signed on for a guest-starring appearance in the forthcoming seventh and final season of Grace and Frankie. This marks Parton’s long-awaited reunion with acclaimed actresses Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, after over 40 years since starring together in 20th Century Fox’s classic comedy film 9 to 5.
The announcement also comes after the production of the hit comedy series’ new season had recently been completed after months of getting delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. The first four episodes of Grace and Frankie‘s final season are now available for streaming, while the remaining 12 episodes are expected to debut sometime next year.
It's finally happening:
Dolly Parton will appear in the seventh and final season of Grace and Frankie!!! pic.twitter.com/JIZRVWqPGT
— Netflix (@netflix) November 5, 2021
Grace and Frankie hail from Friends producer Marta Kauffman. It stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn, Ethan Embry, and Peter Gallagher
The series centers around “two women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other,” reads the synopsis. “Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, Grace and Frankie form an unlikely and unbreakable bond and face their uncertain futures head-on, hand-in-hand. Together with their ex-husbands and children, they discover the true definition of “family,” with laughter, tears, and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.”
Grace and Frankie is executive produced by Marta Kauffman, who also produced Friends, and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement), who are serving as showrunners. Executive producers are Fonda, Tomlin, Paula Weinstein, Robbie Tollin, Hannah KS Canter, Marcy Ross, Dana Goldberg, David Ellison, and Bill Bost.