On Wednesday evening at 9, HLN's Robin Meade pulled her chair up in the "Piers Morgan Tonight" studio, welcoming actress and activist Jane Fonda to the program for an equal parts entertaining and engaging interview.
Currently appearing on HBO's "The Newsroom" as Leona Lansing, CEO of the fictional network parent company Atlantic World Media, Fonda offered insight into the development of her character:
"Rupert Murdoch that's been marinated a long time in Ted Turner," riffed the two-time Academy Award winner, in describing the role.
Referencing her marriage to the founder of CNN, whom she jokingly called her "favorite ex-husband," the 75-year-old explained how it aided in the process:
"It just made it not scary. I know the world, I know the universe. I know Rupert Murdoch. I know John Malone. I know people who have media empires like my character, Leona Lansing, does in the movie. So it just - it brought me into that world with no fear."
Earlier on the program, Meade welcomed Bill Sherlach, who lost his wife in the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The widower of Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School two months ago, Sherlach discussed the group he's working with, and how he's remembering his loving wife.
"One of the reasons why I put my efforts behind the Sandy Hook Promise, as well as the foundation for my wife, is because I believe that a multifaceted approach to this whole situation is what is warranted," said Sherlach.
"And that's what the Sandy Hook Promise is all about. Talking about not just gun control, talking about mental health, talking about school safety and talking about parenting. I think it's something that needs to be fought on all fronts."
On Friday Sherlach will posthumously receive the Presidential Citizens Medal. To hear more from her husband, watch the clip as he explains that "two days ago would have been Mary's birthday." Also, listen to the interview with Fonda and catch a clip of her from "The Newsroom."
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