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Casting Watch: Netflix Nabs Waterston for 'Grace and Frankie' Comedy

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2014 at 10:46AM

Sam Waterston is joining "Grace and Frankie," the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as nemeses whose husbands, in turns out, are in love with each other.
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Sam Waterston (The Newsroom)

Sam Waterston is joining "Grace and Frankie," the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as nemeses whose husbands, in turns out, are in love with each other.

Waterson will play Sol, the husband of Tomlin's Frankie, who has been secretly having a decades-long affair with his law partner, Grace's husband, Robert (Martin Sheen).  The two men tell their wives that they want to get married, and the titular women discover that despite their wishes, their lives are inextricably bound together.

"Grace and Frankie," which was created by "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris ("Home Improvement"), is set for a 2015 debut on Netflix of 13 episodes.  Paula Weinstein, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross are also attached as executive producers, and Tate Taylor (director of "The Help") is set to helm the first episode.

Waterston is currently starring as network executive Charlie Skinner in HBO's "The Newsroom"--in which, incidentally, Fonda has had a recurring role.  The final season of the cable series will be aired this fall.

This article is related to: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Netflix, The Newsroom, HBO, Tate Taylor


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.