A popular comedy series can be expected to go in a slightly different direction with the addition of RuPaul to the cast. Netflix today announced plans to bring the TV personality aboard for season five of “Grace and Frankie.”
RuPaul will appear in a guest role as Benjamin Le Day, a formidable and quick-witted adversary who faces off with the title characters played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Netflix also officially announced the show’s renewal, which was widely expected. Produced by Skydance Television, the hit show, which also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, will return in 2019. Season four premiered Jan. 19.
“‘Grace and Frankie’s’ third season earned nine major television nominations, the most of any prior season, including Primetime Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, a Writers Guild Award nomination, an NAACP Image Award nomination, as well as a Costume Designers Guild and two Makeup and Hairstyling Awards nominations,” Netflix noted in its announcement.
The streamer describes the show this way: “In ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Jane Fonda (‘Grace’) and Lily Tomlin (‘Frankie’) star as two women whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. 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.”
Other cast members include Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Ethan Embry and Baron Vaughn. The show is created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris.