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'The Newsroom' casts Grace Gummer

Meryl Streep's daughter comes aboard as a reporter on the campaign trail

By Sona Charaipotra Nov 14, 2012 11:06AM
Photo courtesy NBCAs the HBO series "The Newsroom" gears up for its second season, it continues to indulge creator Aaron Sorkin's penchant for ripped-from-the-headlines drama. 

Case in point: Some storylines on the show's upcoming run will dive headfirst into the messy campaigning that marked the 2012 presidential election. And thus, reports, Grace Gummer has been cast as recurring character Hallie Shea, a reporter embedded on the Romney campaign trail.

If Gummer looks familiar, well, it's no surprise. She's the daughter of Oscar winner Meryl Streep and has a budding resume herself, with turns in the recent films "Larry Crowne" and "Margin Call," and a small role on "Smash." Of course, viewers may also confuse her with her also-acting sister, Mamie Gummer, who currently stars on the CW's "Emily Owens, M.D." and also bears a striking resemblance. 
Also on tap for Season 2 are Patton Oswald ("United States of Tara," "King of Queens"), who'll star as Jonas Pfeiffer, a new VP of human resources for the show's ACN network, and Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men," "United States of Tara"), who'll play Rebecca Halliday, a litigator tapped to defend the Atlantis corp against a mega lawsuit. 

"The Newsroom" returns to HBO for its second season in June 2013.