‘Grace and Frankie’ renewed for season 4, adds Lisa Kudrow to starry cast

Less than three weeks after the third season of “Grace and Frankie” started streaming on Netflix, this deftly-written comedy has been renewed for a fourth season. Oscar winner Jane Fonda and Emmy darling Lily Tomlin play the title characters, two women forced into friendship when their husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston), fall in love and leave them.

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Over the course of the first three seasons, these four have navigated new waters. While the women become reluctant roommates, the men marry and move house. One of the main storylines of the upcoming edition will see Frankie threatened by Grace’s friendship with Sheree, a manicurist who works for her. Taking on that showy role is Lisa Kudrow, who worked with “Grace and Frankie” creator Marta Kauffman on “Friends.”

Aside from dealing with each and their exes, Grace and Frankie also have to mother their grown children. June Diane Raphael and Brooklyn Decker play Grace’s two daughters Brianna and Mallory while Ethan Embry and Baron Vaughn are Frankie’s two sons Coyote and Bud. Also back is Ernie Hudson as Frankie’s would-be suitor Jacob.

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“Grace and Frankie” is a rarity on television, as it to focus on the lives of older people. Tomlin reaped an Emmy bid last year for Best Comedy Actress; she lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who won for the fifth year in a row for “Veep.”

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