Jane Fonda has joined the burgeoning cast of Aaron Sorkin’s news network drama at HBO.
The Oscar-winning actress is going to play a recurring character – the CEO of the show’s fictional cable network’s parent company. (Real life point of interest: Fonda was married to CNN founder Ted Turner).
Fonda joins Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Thomas Sadowski and Olivia Munn on the show, which has the working title Newsroom and follows the behind-the-scenes (and probable walking-and-talking) action at a cable news network. The series, which is expected to bow next summer, follows a news anchor (Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Dev Patel, Munn and Sadoski) and their boss (Waterston).
Here’s the logline: “Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements.” In other words, the backstage cable network drama of Sorkin’s Sports Night combined with a probable dash of West Wing-style media politics.