Campaigns for a Grace and Frankie spin-off series haven’t paid off just yet, but stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are nevertheless steering the Netflix series’ sizable fanbase toward collective democratic action. On Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. EST, the co-stars behind the hit comedy will return to their roles for a table read fundraiser benefitting Fonda’s organization, the Jane Fonda Climate PAC. The committee is devoted to vetting and electing “climate change champions” in all areas of government, in an effort to “stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fight for the future of our planet.”
The live-streamed reunion event requires a contribution (of any dollar amount) to the Jane Fonda Climate PAC, which will then grant entry to the show’s landing page. Fonda and Tomlin promise appearances from other Grace and Frankie cast members, as well as undisclosed “special guests,” as the group reads from past fan-favorite episode scripts.
The reunion comes on the heels of Fonda announcing last month that she’d been diagnosed with a “very treatable” form of cancer. “I’m doing chemo for 6 months and am handling the treatments quite well and, believe me, I will not let any of this interfere with my climate activism,” she revealed to her followers on Instagram.
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She later added, “We’re living through the most consequential time in human history because what we do or don’t do right now will determine what kind of future there will be and I will not allow cancer to keep me from doing all I can, using every tool in my toolbox and that very much includes continuing to build this Fire Drill Fridays community and finding new ways to use our collective strength to make change.”