03/21/2014 12:01 pm ET Updated Mar 21, 2014

Lily Tomlin And Jane Fonda Prove TV Is Finally Making Room For Women Over 50

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The fact that it’s tougher to find roles in Hollywood as a woman over 50 is not exactly a well-kept secret. Unless you’re Meryl Streep, the field holds few opportunities for women who’ve crossed that age line, which is why Netflix’s latest comedy is so exciting. Friends writer Marta Kaufman has created a new comedy, Grace and Frankie, specifically for Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. And not only does it sound absolutely wonderful, it stands to change things up in the TV realm.

Tomlin and Fonda, ages 74 and 76 respectively, famously starred with the Dolly Parton in the movie Nine to Five back in 1980, giving them something of an established rapport. Now, they’ll be billed as rivals who are forced to deal with each other when their husbands announce they’ve fallen in love with each other. The plot of two sworn enemies forced into constant interaction by some outside force isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it’s the casting that’s important. Not only is this a half-hour sitcom from Kaufman, the woman who taught us to love a gang of crazy West Village residents, it takes two respected actresses who’ve previously been relegated to starring in movies like Monster-in-Law and shows like Malibu Country to stay in the acting game and gives them a platform worthy of their talents.

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