Jane Lynch has confirmed she has teamed up with singer Cyndi Lauper to develop a new comedy series for Netflix.
The former Glee star was speaking to press at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. At the ceremony, Lynch won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Lynch said the forthcoming project would be a, “kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”
Also attached to the show is writer and comedian Carol Leifer, whose numerous writing credits include Seinfeld.
Leifer posted to her Facebook in July that she was working with Lynch and Lauper: ‘It’s official! Headed out next week with a new half-hour comedy, starring Jane Lynch & Cyndi Lauper! A writer’s dream to work with these two LEGENDS. Can’t wait to see where we land…’
Lynch’s comments confirm the nature of the show. She admitted she wasn’t sure whether she should even be talking about it yet, but when pressed by reporters, revealed Netflix had picked up the project.
“I pitched a show to Netflix and they bought it.”
Describing her and Lauper’s roles, she said, “We’re our age, I’m almost 60 and she’s 65, and we’re looking for our next act, without ever having had husbands or children. And there will be two other people who haven’t been cast yet. But it’s kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”
Although best known for her music career, Lauper has also recently appeared in the TV shows Bones and Magnum P.I. She’s also a staunch LGBTQ ally, having set up her own True Colors Fund to help homeless queer youth.
Responding to Lynch’s comments, Lauper posted to Facebook: “I guess the cat’s outta the bag! So excited for this project.”
Lynch is one of the most prominent out lesbians in the entertainment world. Besides Glee, she’s also appeared in Criminal Minds and Dropping the Soap.
Netflix declined to comment to Variety about Lynch’s comments.
However, if it has commissioned the series, it could be seeking to fill a gap soon to be left by Grace and Frankie. The acclaimed show, starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, has won fans and award nominations since making its debut in 2015. However, its creators recently announced they were beginning work on the seventh and final season of the show.