Published On: Thu, Apr 28th, 2022

June Diane Raphael Wrote a Spinoff Series for Her ‘Grace and Frankie’ Character

June Diane Raphael stars as Brianna in episode 2 of GRACE AND FRANKIE, season 7.

Netflix’s longest running series, Grace and Frankie, ends its epic run this weekend with the premiere of part 2 of the seventh season. The series has seen its titular duo (Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) become best friends (and soul mates?) after their husbands (Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston) leave them for each other. Over the years we’ve seen Grace and Frankie fall in love, start a business, and discover all that’s in store in their second act. The breakout series saw massive success, a rarity for a series focused on two older women (which are rare enough as it is). While we’re sad to see the hilarious and heartwarming series say goodbye, there is still much to look forward in these final episodes. Most notably, Dolly Parton will rejoin her 9 to 5 co-stars Fonda and Tomlin for a long-awaited cameo appearance.

But while Grace and Frankie is ending, there are still stories left to tell about the Hanson and Bergstein clans. June Diane Raphael, who plays Grace’s acerbic daughter Brianna, has written and developed a spinoff pilot with series co-creator Howard Morris that follows her character after the series ends. “Fans will see that the way the show ends, there’s more to say about Brianna’s story — in the same way that the original tackles what it means to be in your 70s and 80s, I think exploring what it means to be a middle-aged woman [like Brianna] without children or a husband is equally exciting,” says Raphael. 

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