Fonda, Tomlin reteam for Netflix sitcom
NEW YORK - Netflix says it's reuniting Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for a new comedy series.
The online TV network will launch "Grace and Frankie" starring Fonda and Tomlin as long-time foes who come together when their husbands desert them after falling in love.
The single-camera comedy will film a first season of 13 half-hour episodes to premiere on Netflix next year.
The two actresses co-starred a quarter-century ago in the comedy hit "Nine to Five."
Fonda recently appeared on HBO's "The Newsroom" and was seen in the film "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Tomlin appeared in last year's Tina Fey comedy, "Admission."
FX network orders Billy Crystal comedy
NEW YORK - Billy Crystal has agreed to star in a new television series in which he's paired with Josh Gad in a story about two comics in a generational clash.
The series is called "The Comedians." It's set to air on the FX network next year.
FX said it has ordered 13 episodes.
"The Comedians" is based on a format popular in Sweden and will look at a late-night television show on which egos and generations collide. The pilot episode was directed by Larry Charles, who worked on "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Crystal has been well known for movie roles, a "Saturday Night Live" stint and repeated turns as Academy Awards host. But his last role in a regular TV series was on the 1970s ABC sitcom "Soap."
National Geographic to chronicle the 1990s
NEW YORK - Nostalgia gets closer and closer to real time. The National Geographic Network says it will air a miniseries this summer on the 1990s.
The project premieres this July on the cable network and follows on the heels of National Geographic's success chronicling of the 1980s last spring.
The network said some 120 people who made some mark on the 1990s have been interviewed, including Matthew Perry of "Friends," actress Susan Sarandon, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and rock singer Courtney Love.
It will examine the Clinton presidency and rise of Osama bin Laden, along with reality television and music ranging from rap to grunge.