Clooney to return to TV

Posted November 19, 2017

Nearly twenty years since Clooney departed ER, the Hollywood A-lister is attached to star in and direct the project for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, according to Deadline.

Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on United States author Joseph Heller's darkly comedic 1961 novel Catch-22, for Viacom Inc's Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, shooting in early 2018, the studio said.

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"Catch-22" - which will have a script written by Luke Davies and David Michod - follows USA airman Yossarian and his attempts to avoid the fighting in Italy during World War II, as he knows the situation is likely to end in death.

After five months of spit-up and diaper changes and an eight-year hiatus from TV, George Clooney is returning to the small screen as a series regular for the first time since his days as Dr. Doug Ross on ER.

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Clooney himself will play Colonel Cathcart in Catch 22, performers of other roles have not yet been identified.

Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on USA author Joseph Heller's darkly comedic 1961 novel "Catch-22". The project is eyeing an early 2018 start. He and Heslov are repped by CAA. Richard Brown and Steve Golin will serve as executive producers, along with Clooney and Heslov.

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The collaboration between Paramount TV and Anonymous Content has produced four shows: 13 Reasons Why, Epix's Berlin Station, The Alienist and Maniac. Davies is repped by UTA and EML Entertainment; Michod is with UTA.