A two-time Oscar winner will be taking on her first major television series role in a new Aaron Sorkin show for HBO about a fictional cable news network, reports TVLine.com.
The project is being called “Newsroom,” although the name is still unofficial. Jane Fonda will join in a recurring role, playing the chief executive of a cable news network’s parent company, the story says.
The character has a lot in common with the actress’s ex-husband, CNN founder Ted Turner, the piece points out.
Fonda’s character, Leona Lansing, will often have business concerns that conflict with the network’s news reporting, the story adds.
Fonda won Oscars for best lead actress for “Klute” in 1972 and “Coming Home” in 1979. The most recent of her seven nominations was in 1987 for “The Morning After.” She won an Emmy in 1984 for “The Dollmaker.”