Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin has postponed production because of the coronavirus.
Grace and Frankie has officially postponed production on season 7 because of the coronavirus, according to a report from Deadline. It’s the second Netflix original show to have production delayed because of COVID-19.
Grace and Frankie season 7 starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda had already started production, and they were filming on Thursday, March 12. After production wrapped for the day, Skydance Television announced that production would be shutting down indefinitely.
Deadline is reporting Skydance Television, the production company, announced the decision to suspend production.
Here’s the statement Skydance Television shared with Deadline:
“To ensure the health and safety of our cast and crew, Skydance has temporarily suspended filming for Grace and Frankie, the series.”
Russian Doll, another Netflix original series, postponed production because of the coronavirus. Based on my unofficial tally, that means two Netflix original shows have delayed production in response to the pandemic.
The report did not indicate when production would resume. Obviously, a lengthy delay could delay the release date, but that has not confirmed by Netflix or anything like that. Usually, the production schedule is not super strict and would allow for minor delays. We don’t know if that’s the case with this series.
Skydance Television announced they would continue “monitoring the situation daily,” according to the report, and then make a decision when to resume production again.
As mentioned, this is the final season of Grace and Frankie. It appears, though, that the season will be split into two parts consisting of eight episodes each. When the show ends, it will be the longest-running Netflix show so far with 94 episodes. Through six seasons, we’ve seen 78 episodes of the series.
At the time of publishing, we’re still expecting Grace and Frankie season 7 will be released in January 2021. That could obviously change depending on what happens with the pandemic, production and other factors.
Stay tuned for more news about Grace and Frankie season 7!
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