Netflix has added a dose of new-media sizzle to their upcoming original series Grace and Frankie, starring industry icons Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The streaming service confirmed that it has cast June Diane Raphael (pictured, above left), star of the Yahoo series Burning Love, as Brianna, one of the two daughters of the main character played by Fonda and her husband, portrayed by Martin Sheen.
Written and created by Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Sons), the single-camera comedy tells the story of what happens when Robert announces he plans to marry Sol (Sam Waterston), his longtime law partner and the husband of Grace’s nemesis Frankie (Tomlin)
The 13- half-hour episode first season will be available to subscribers worldwide in 2015.
In other Netflix casting news, Deborah Ann Woll and Peter Shinkoda have joined Marvel’s Daredevil, which will also debut a 13-episode season on the streaming service next year.
Woll, who co-stars on the HBO series True Blood, will play Karen Page, the love interest of the title character’s alter ego Matt Murdock, played by British actor Charlie Cox (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire). Shinkoda, best known roles for the TNT series Falling Skies and the Godzilla reboot, will play a character named Hachiro.
The duo joins previously announced cast members Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Men in Black), Rosario Dawson (Rent, the upcoming Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) and Elden Henson (the Hunger Games franchise).
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix, Marvel’s Daredevil is being executive produced by series showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel) and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Lost, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), who’s writing the first 2 episodes, along with Marvel TV’s head of television Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Smallville, Heroes).
Set to begin filming in New York City this month, Daredevil will be the first in a series of Netflix shows from Disney/Marvel over the next several years, to be followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and, finally, a mini-series in which the characters team up as The Defenders, a la The Avengers.