T Lo Watchlist: Orange is the New Black and Grace and Frankie

Posted on April 10, 2015

We seem to be all about the Netflix Originals lately. We swear we’re not on the payroll. It’s just that Netflix is producing some of the more notable and interesting shows out there right now.

First up is the return of our beloved Orange is the New Black.

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“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series, is back for an all-new season. Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Poussey, Sophia, Daya, Gloria, Big Boo, Pennsatucky and all of Litchfield’s ladies are back for more drama and laughter…as Alex makes her return and a new inmate, Stella (Ruby Rose) joins the gang.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 3 premieres Friday, June 12.”


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“It’s two people, connecting. With four other people, and aliens.”

CANNOT WAIT. We’ve missed you, ladies. Especially you, Black Cindy. Looking forward to seeing Lori Petty as a cast regular. She made a real impression in her short appearance last season.

Next up is something we have to admit, we’re more benignly curious about than particularly excited to watch: Grace and Frankie, starring 2/3 of the cast of 9 to 5.


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“Shock. Denial. Confusion. Rage. Reflection. Welcome to the 5 Stages of Grace and Frankie — as Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin reunite in the all-new trailer for the Netflix original series.

The series premieres on Friday, May 8​ ​exclusively on Netflix in all territories where the service is available.

In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way.

From executive producers Marta Kauffman (“Friends”) and Howard J. Morris (“Home Improvement”), the hilarious and heartbreaking comedy takes on aging with gusto – from joint pain to joint rolling and blind dates to night blindness – and offers a poignant look at how life’s turning points show us who we really are. The series also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, along with Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn and June Diane Raphael.”

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It’s a hell of a cast, but the premise feels … we don’t know, a little dated. It’s like a naughty French sex comedy film circa 1990 or so. There’s no way we’ll miss checking it out, just to see Miss Jane and Miss Lily go to town, but we’re not predicting cutting edge comedy here. We’ll see. Like we said: benign curiosity.

[Photo Credit: Netflix – Video Credit: Netflix via YouTube]

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