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Dolly Parton will finally reunite with her “9 to 5” co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
After decades of stalled sequels to the groundbreaking 1980 workplace comedy, the American treasure has revealed that she will guest star on Tomlin and Fonda’s hit show “Grace and Frankie.”
The Netflix series, which also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, focuses on the unlikely friendship of two women whose longtime husbands leave them to marry each other. The streaming giant has renewed the series for a seventh and final season.
“I’ve been trying to do ‘Grace and Frankie’ for years,” Parton, 75, told Barry Gibb and British TV host Lorraine Kelly on her UK show, “Lorraine.”
“We worked so well together on ‘9 to 5,’ it’s a crazy wonderful show,” Parton said. We’ve been trying to write me in somehow. So when it’s safe for us to actually do a production when they’re back, I’ll probably get around to doing that.”
Tomlin also admitted she’s eager to see the COVID-19 vaccine maven on set.
“We’re always hoping that will happen,” she told Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager while on the “Today” show. “We have a great role for her this time, I think she will do it. I’m just hoping she will.”
Tomlin, 81, says Parton’s role could be done remotely, which could make it easier on the singer. “She’s extremely busy, she’s always writing books or writing songs… she’s phenomenal,” the “Big Business” star said of her friend.
Production for the new season, which has been delayed several times because of the coronavirus pandemic, will begin in June. Season six premeired on Netflix one year ago.
Parton’s “Grace and Frankie” run won’t be the only modern “9 to 5” redux.
The “Jolene” singer — who famously turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom not once but twice — just remixed the film’s namesake song for a Squarespace Super Bowl ad, turning it into “5 to 9,” a tune about side hustles. Plus, her latest book, titled “Songteller: My Life in Lyrics,” explores her life and career via 175 of her most beloved songs.
Meanwhile, Tennessee state Rep. John Mark Windle has proposed that a statue of the pioneering country artist and Tennessee native be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol. This comes after thousands signed petitions to replace all Confederate statues with her likeness.
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