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Netflix adds series

Netflix Inc., the world’s largest subscription streaming service, ordered a 13-episode comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, adding to its lineup of original shows.

The program, titled Grace and Frankie, is being created and written by Marta Kauffman (of Friends), Howard J. Morris and Paula Weinstein. It will premiere next year.

With the new series, Netflix is bringing together two actresses who helped make the comedy Nine to Five a hit in cinemas more than 33 years ago. That film collected $103 million in domestic ticket sales in 1980, second only to The Empire Strikes Back, according to Box Office Mojo.

It will be a single-camera comedy featuring Fonda as Grace and Tomlin as Frankie. Their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, upending the lives of both women.

The show will be produced by Skydance Productions, led by David Ellison, the son of Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison.

The streaming service has rights to $7.2 billion in content over the next five years, including original shows. The second season of House of Cards featuring Kevin Spacey became available for viewing last month. The women’s prison series Orange is the New Black returns this year.

— Bloomberg News



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