Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Jane Fonda Update: ABC Sitcom in the Works But She’s Still with “The Newsroom”


Lots of headlines this morning about Jane Fonda signing to do a sitcom pilot for ABC. Everyone should relax a little bit. There’s no script yet for “Now What?” and no showrunner. There’s also no cast. It’s just a pilot and a lot of what’s involved is not firm yet, I am told. However: Fonda, a likely Golden Globe nominee for “The Newsroom,” will return to the HBO series in its second season. Aaron Sorkin told me he’d like to have Fonda in every episode. The word is she does appear in the first episode of Season 2. How “Now What?”will impact her participation in “The Newsroom” is unknown still since “Now What?” doesn’t really exist yet. Meantime, Fonda–who will be 75 in December and looks 45–is hot right now. She’s in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” next year. And her French film, called “All Together,” was just released in theaters in New York by Tribeca Films. It’s also available on Amazon Instant Video and on iTunes for a limited VOD run. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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