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'Newsroom' scoop: Marcia Gay Harden joins cast

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The Newsroom has found its new litigator.

TV vet Marcia Gay Harden is joining the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO cable drama. She’s replacing Rosemarie DeWitt who, as we posted last week, is leaving the show after shooting only a couple episodes from the upcoming second season (parties involved citing scheduling issues for her early departure from the show). So now Harden will take over the recurring role of Rebecca Halliday, a litigator who defends Atlantis Cable News in a wrongful termination suit. DeWitt’s completed scenes will be re-shot with Harden.

Harden has previously had arcs on USA’s Royal Pains, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and FX’s Damages. The Newsroom returns this summer.