Exclusive: Jane Fonda Joins Aaron Sorkin's HBO Series (And You Won't Believe Who She's Playing)

Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series about the cable news biz is generating a pretty massive headline of its own: Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda is joining the cast in a recurring role that is sure to have conspiracy theorists buzzing, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The still-untitled hour-long drama — which is being unofficially referred to as Newsroom — is set behind the scenes at a fictional cable news network and centers on an anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Law & Order‘s Sam Waterston).

Fonda, in her first major television gig, will play Leona Lansing, the CEO of cable news network’s parent company. She’s a titan and her corporate concerns often conflict with the reporting of the news outlet she owns.

Hmm…. the character sounds suspiciously like a female version of Fonda’s ex-husband, media tycoon and CNN founder Ted Turner. Her name also name checks two legendary business women, ex-Paramount boss Sherry Lansing and the late Leona Helmsley.

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  1. pitter43 says:

    I think the only this treasonous liberal trash wasn’t tried for treason was because of who her father was. She should be tried, convicted ( not hard ) and hung while playing ” America The Beautiful ” in the background.

  2. Mike from Boston says:

    What a bunch of loons. Nothing better to do I suppose? Life must really suck for all of you. Jane Fonda is a piece of s*%t, everyone knows that. To have it out with complete strangers over her is a perfect example of what is wrong with this country. We’re all circling the drain together with zero hope in sight. You ALL should be ashamed of yourselves.

  3. John says:

    West Wing was great. I am anxious to see what Sorkin will do with this story. Fonda’s character actually sounds more like a Rupert Murdoch than a Ted Turner.

    It’s also pretty funny reading all the hate posts from conservatives, reporting stuff they’ve read on the Internet, but at the same time, talking about how they don’t want to read propaganda. lol

  4. Hawkeye says:

    Let’s see, since the show is set in the world of Cable TV, I’m sure they’ll be plenty of potshots at FOX News.

  5. SteveW says:

    The Newsroom team can rest easy. I am quite certain that the aging “Hanoi Jane” folks watch Fox News and Jersey Shore and definitely do NOT pay for HBO. They will have zero impact on the show’s rating.

    Can’t wait for the show to start airing.

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