Jane Fonda is the latest star to join the highly anticipated, tentatively titled, “Newsroom.” The HBO drama is set behind-the-scenes at a cable news station.
Fonda will play a CEO at a fictional cable company, which should be an easy role for the former Mrs. Ted Turner to play. For those who don’t know, Turner is the owner of famed, and real, cable station CNN. Though Fonda will be a recurring character, she’s only considered a guest star, not part of the actual cast. Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Thomas Sadowski and Olivia Munn make up the main newscasters and producers on the Aaron Sorkin drama.
Critics say the show is much like a “Sports Night” meets “West Wing” with the witty script and intense drama that happens backstage. One can hope it is along the lines of the defunct “Studio 60 on Sunset Strip,” that took viewers behind-the-scenes at a dying comedy sketch show.
Though you can expect tensions to be high and execs willing to anything for ratings, this show explored romantic connections between co-workers, the development of sketches and the importance of keeping stars out of the tabloids. So much can go on backstage at a news station, the drama is nearly endless. Maybe “Newsroom” could even work like “Law & Order,” pulling stories from real life. For example, making a satire of the latest guest Bill O’Reilly gets in a fight with, or how to cover a controversial judgment.
“Newsroom” is expected to appear on HBO’s September schedule.