Netflix has given the green light for another season of Grace and Frankie. The comedy series has been renewed for Season 5 with a guest appearance from RuPaul.
New Season, New Adversary
Netflix announced the renewal on Wednesday along with news about the addition of RuPaul in the show. RuPaul, born RuPaul Andre Charles, will guest star as an adversary to the titular characters portrayed by Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie).
The 57-year-old American drag queen will play the quick-witted and formidable character named Benjamin Le Day, who faces off with Grace and Frankie. There is no specific detail yet on which episode RuPaul will guest star in or how many episodes he has booked for the new season.
Grace and Frankie Season 5 will be available to stream on Netflix in 2019. Fonda shared this bit of news in her Twitter exchange with the host of RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1.
A Valentine tale of beauty, joy and legendary realness told four panels. pic.twitter.com/LCuktIhYud — Erik Schut (@MrErikSchut) February 14, 2018
News about the renewal comes on the heels of the global premiere of Season 4 on Netflix in January 2018. The installment featured Lisa Kudrow and Peter Gallagher as guest stars.
Grace and Frankie follows the titular characters whose lives are turned upside down after their husbands both simultaneously came out as gay and admitted that they are in love with each other. They left their wives for each other. Grace and Frankie eventually form an unlikely and unbreakable bond with each other as they face life head-on.
The series also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who portray the respective gay husband. Other cast include Baron Vaughn, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry and June Diane Raphael.
On Doing Comedy
Talking about Grace and Frankie in a previous interview, Fonda said that the show has given a lot of people, especially older people, a lot of hope. The 80-year-old actress also opened up about the challenges of doing episodic television, which she has never done before.
"It's very hard work, it's very long hours. It takes a while for the writers to get used to your voice, to write for you. You have to find your groove," Fonda told Vogue in 2016.
Fonda also opened up about doing comedy and admitted that she had to relearn being a comedian for Grace and Frankie. She said it took her a while to get the hang of it.
"A real comedian has a sense of timing and delivery. And I've done a lot of comedies. I started off doing comedies primarily, but I'm not that kind of comedian," Fonda added.