Gay gasp! A ‘9 to 5’ reunion is happening

Fans of the camp comedy 9 to 5, raise a cheer. Actress/singer/gay icon Dolly Parton has announced a reunion among the film’s lead cast.

Parton will guest star alongside her former co-stars and real-life friends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in an upcoming episode of the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Sadly, the episode will not be a 9 to 5 sequel, but at least we’ll get to see the trifecta together again.

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“I’ve been trying to do ‘Grace and Frankie’ for years,” Parton revealed on the UK talk show Lorraine. “We worked so well together on 9 to 5, it’s a crazy wonderful show. We’ve been trying to write me in somehow. So when it’s safe for us to actually do a production when they’re back, I’ll probably get around to doing that.”

The safety Parton refers to is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. Hollywood productions have been able to resume under strict safety guidelines, including having a COVID safety officer on set. Production on the seventh season of Grace and Frankie has been delayed several times due to the ongoing pandemic; it is scheduled to begin again in June.

Released in 1980, 9 to 5 went on to become one of the most popular comedies ever, later spawning a TV sitcom spinoff and a Broadway musical. Parton, Tomlin and Fonda have also explored the possibility of making a sequel over the years. A sequel movie went into development in 2018, but was canceled the following year.