A Golden Globe nomination for Lily Tomlin spurred a renewal for Netflix’s silver-haired buddy comedy Grace and Frankie on Thursday.
While Grace and Frankie has faced some criticism for stale sitcom-y writing, Lily and co-star Jane Fonda have been nearly universally praised for their excellent chemistry together on the series. Only Tomlin, however, managed to squeeze into the tight race for the Golden Globes’ best comedy actress category. Jane, on the other hand, was nominated for her supporting work alongside Michael Caine in Youth, the new film from acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino.
Snagging a third season renewal just as the second is about to begin will be the real boon for Grace and Frankie’s best actress nomination, reported the Hollywood Reporter. While fans will definitely be able to visualize Lily taking the prize, Tomlin will face a hefty wave of competition. Also nominated is last year’s Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez, as well as Jamie Lee Curtis for her work in the horror comedy Scream Queens.
Almost undoubtedly, Lily’s stiffest competition comes from Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role as President Selina Meyer on Veep. This year will be her fourth consecutive nomination for the best comedy actress Golden Globe, coming off of her fourth win in a row for the Primetime Emmy Awards in the same category. At the 2015 Emmys ceremony, Julia beat out Tomlin and four other actresses. Of course, there’s always the possibility that she will walk away empty-handed again, perhaps opening up the slot for one of the other women nominated.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
- Rachel Bloom — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend(CW)
- Jamie Lee Curtis — Scream Queens(FOX)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Veep HBO
- Gina Rodriguez — Jane the Virgin (CW)
- Lilly Tomlin — Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Lily getting a nod made her the only Netflix alum in the category. Breaking tradition from last year’s Golden Globes, Taylor Schilling didn’t get one for her role as Piper Chapman on the prison comedy Orange Is the New Black. That show, however, fared better than Grace and Frankie when it came to Best TV Comedy. Still, with Tomlin’s selection in mind, both series have been renewed into the foreseeable future.
Best TV Comedy
- Mozart In the Jungle
- Orange Is the New Black
- Silicon Valley
Since Netflix doesn’t release any information about how many viewers are tuning into its programming, it’s hard to say just how successful Grace and Frankie has been. With a Metacritic score of 58, Lily isn’t exactly at the helm of a critical darling either. However, sometimes when you have actresses the caliber of Tomlin and Fonda in lead roles, it doesn’t really matter. Even Miley Cyrus tweeted her love for Grace and Frankie.
I found my show! #GraceandFrankie on a bender! Jane & Lily are so bad a$$!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) May 25, 2015
Marta Kauffman, one of the show’s co-creators, even attributed Miley’s endorsement as part of the reason Grace and Frankie got a second season renewal long before Tomlin became a Golden Globes nominee, reported Vanity Fair.
“Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix. Because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a season two.’ So yes, there is a season two. We have… Miley to thank.”
Tune into the 2016 Golden Globes on January 10 to see if Lily Tomlin ends up scooping up Best Comedy Actress and reaffirming Netflix’s decision to renew Grace and Frankie.
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