Grace and Frankie is a name every comedy fan knows. And if they don’t, they should. It is simply the best comedy show running on Netflix at the current moment. The show also happens to be the longest running show on Netflix till now, and that is something. It has been quite a while since season 6 of the insanely popular show hit our screens. And we are getting impatient waiting for season 7. Season 6 of Grace Frankie was released on Netflix in the January of 2020. Following the same timeline, season 7 was originally planned to be released in January 2021. However, due to unprecedented hurdles owing to the pandemic, the shooting of the insanely popular show had to be stopped back in 2020. However, the show makers are back in 2021 with a promise of delivering the highly demanded season 7 of Grace and Frankie.
Today at Trending News Buzz, we bring you the latest gossip on the release of Grace and Frankie season 7, along with the latest news and all you need to know about the Netflix release.
Grace and Frankie: About the Show
Grace and Frankie is one of Netflix’s most popular currently running shows at the moment. It is one of the best comedy shows available on the popular streaming platform right now. And trust me, that is no overstatement. It really does hold up its own standards. It is a show about two women who are having nothing in common. Despite having nothing in common, they are brought together as two unlikely friends. Their husbands turn out to be gay and profess their love for each other and eventually get married leaving these two. Created by Marta Kauffman, the show has a reputed creator behind the scenes. Marta Kauffman is credited with running the insanely popular and iconic sitcom “Friends”.
Grace and Frankie holds a rating of 8.3 on IMDb and is one of Netflix’s most popular shows today.
Why “Friends” Matters
“Friends” was the defining sitcom of the 90s, and is an iconic show to this day. Even after 27 years, Friends manages to hold up as one of the most popular and one of the best sitcoms in existence. That is a testament to the work Marta Kauffman put in and puts her in a league of her own. And it certainly gives a seal of approval to Grace and Frankie. That is the Marta Kauffman seal of approval.
In related news, Marta Kauffman is finally coming back with the much awaited. We all know what it is. It’s the reunion we have all been waiting for. And the one that has been teased multiple times over the past few years. Also the one that just could not happen. The one that we all craved for. The One Where They Get Back Together. It’s Friends: The Reunion. It’s finally happening. And we couldn’t be more excited about it. Check out the trailer for the reunion on HBO Max‘s Twitter page. Keep an eye out for Trending News Buzz’s coverage on the Friends Reunion.
Grace and Frankie Season 7: News
Fans of the popular show may be surprised to know that season 7 of the show was renewed even before season 6 was underway. This might come as news to a lot of fans as it was not really a headlining news at the time.
From what we know so far. Shooting for season 7 of Grace and Frankie began back in January 2020, when the sixth season of the show had just gone on air. And preparations for the seventh season had been going on for a long time before that.
It is expected that the season 7 of Grace and Frankie will likely see it returning to its roots, with all the members of the show once again returning under one roof, in a symbolic goodbye (oops).
Grace and Frankie Season 7: The News That Hurt
Yes, this is the big news. Even before season 6 was aired and season 7 was renewed, show creator Marta Kauffman had decided that this was it for Grace and Frankie. The showrunners , in all their wits, decided that season 7 of the comedy show would be the last season to ever air. The showrunners felt that the show had run its natural course and that ending it was the best decision. And who are we to argue with the legendary Marta Kauffman.
How do we know all this?
Twitter. That is how. When the show was renewed for the seventh season back in summer 2019, the showrunners and actors made it clear in a series of tweets that this was it for Grace and Frankie and that season 7 was going to be the final season for Grace and Frankie.
Lily and Jane announced on their twitter:
“We’re so grateful that our show has been able to deal with issues that have really connected to our grand generation. And their kids, and amazingly, their kids as well! We’ll miss these two old gals, Grace and Frankie, as much as many of their fans will, but we’ll still be around.”
While the legendary showrunners quoted:
“It’s thrilling and somehow fitting, that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix.”
Given all this, it was quite clear what the showrunners had in mind. And we kind of agree with the decision. It’s not a very good idea to run a show after it has run its due course. Everything meets its natural end, and this was Grace and Frankie’s. As it is often said, it’s better to end things on a high note than wait for things to go south.
Grace and Frankie Season 7 is going to be different
Yes, you are not dreaming. This is no regular season. This is the finale of THE Grace and Frankie. And it has to go out with a bang. So the show runners have taken a different route with the last season of the series, as is becoming the norm with many other shows nowadays. All the current seasons of Grace and Frankie have had 13 episodes each. However Grace and Frankie season 7 is going to be different in this regard. The season is reportedly going to air with 16 episodes instead of the usual 13.
When does the shooting start
From what Fonda said to fans in her November blog post, “We’ve gotten word that Grace and Frankie will continue filming our 7th and final season in early June of 2021.” She also acknowledged to the fans that it is indeed a long time to wait, but it is the only option given the advanced age of all the four main lead cast members, quoting that she will be 84 by the time they are done with the season. And we can certainly see the logic behind this decision. It makes perfect sense.
Given the effect COVID has on old people, it was probably the best decision to postpone the shooting to June of 2021. It might be an inconvenience to the fans, but we have to take the show runners’ side this time.
Grace and Frankie Season 7: The One With The Two Parts
Given the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we might be seeing an unconventional season here. Since the first 4 episodes of the seventh season have already been shot before the shooting was put on hold, and the rest of the 12 episodes are yet to be produced, we might just be on the way to a two-part season. The showrunners are currently debating whether to release the show in 2 parts, since it has already been over a year since the sixth season of the show and fans are getting antsy. So to keep them satisfied till the season 7 of the show completes shooting, the producers might just release the 4 episodes first. While we currently can say nothing about whether the producers are going to go this route, it is certainly an interesting proposition. And one that will have our heads busy.
If the producers do go this route, it is estimated that the production of the remaining episodes of the show would take around 4 months. So we can expect the second part of the season to air in the first half of 2022. Now that is a long time to wait, but it is what it is.
Dolly Parton Makes an appearance
Okay, so we’re going to reference yet another show here. Fans of 9 to 5 are already thrilled about this announcement before this sentence is even finished.
Dolly Parton from 9 to 5 is reportedly making a guest appearance in the seventh season. This will bring the cast together into a much awaited reunion. In an interview, Parton herself stated how long she had been trying to get into Grace and Frankie. Craving for a reunion with fellow cast members, she quoted how great they were together on 9 to 5. And how amazing it would be to have the reunion. She also emphasized it is one she has been looking forward to for a long time. And that the showrunners had been trying to write her in for quite some time now.
Even Tomlin herself stated how excited she was for her friend to make an appearance on the show and just hoped that she would actually make it and do the role. So it is going to be a banger of a season in the sense that Dolly Parton herself makes an appearance. And it might just be the thing that makes letting go of the show harder.
Grace and Frankie Season 7: The Cast’s take
Marta Kauffman had previously spilled the beans on how the last season of Grace and Frankie was going to be different. She also said they might go a different direction, while the cast had something to say about the season themselves.
Fonda and Tomlin said, “We are both delighted and heartbroken that Grace and Frankie will be back for its seventh, though final, season. We’re so grateful that our show has been able to deal with issues that have really connected to our grand generation. And their kids, and amazingly, their kids as well! We’ll miss these two old gals, Grace and Frankie, as much as many of their fans will, but we’ll still be around. We’ve outlasted so many things—just hope we don’t outlast the planet.”
This brings about a smile on our faces as well as a sinking feeling in our hearts. It’s really emotional and moving. And bittersweet.
Grace and Frankie Season 7 Release Date
We’ve already talked about the possibility of the season being released in two parts. If that does turn out to be the case, there is a possibility that the first half of the season might be available on Netflix by late 2021. The producers might later decide to release the second half of the season depending on how long the post production takes, which could theoretically extend till Q1 2022.
However, a more realistic and doable option is that Netflix skips Grace and Frankie this year altogether. It might decide to release the entire season 7 in January 2022 following its old practice of releasing the season in January every year. Honestly, this sounds like the more plausible and realistic option of the two.
However, we never know what route Netflix might take with the release of Grace and Frankie Season 7, so all of this is just speculation, that we hope might be true.
Seasons 1-6 of Grace and Frankie are streaming on Netflix. If you’re interested in watching the series you may follow the link: Grace and Frankie
What are your thoughts on the seventh season of Grace and Frankie? Are you excited for it? How do you think Netflix is going to release it? What are your thoughts on Parton’s appearance in the show? Let us know in the comments section down below.