George Clooney returning to TV

George Clooney returning to TV

The Oscar victor and Emmy nominee for his time on ER is set to star and direct a limited series based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.

Catch-22 follows a U.S. soldier named Yossarian during World War Two, who is infuriated that his own army keeps raising the number of missions that a soldier must complete to be released from duty.

Almost two decades after George Clooney left the seminal medical drama ER, the actor is making a return to the small screen - and the only catch is the one in the title.

Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on USA author Joseph Heller's darkly comedic 1961 novel "Catch-22".

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Catch-22 will be written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and will run for six episodes. Martin Balsam played the role of Colonel Cathcart in that movie.

You can miss Catch-22, but if you do, George Clooney won't be happy. He has been nominated for eight Oscars total for writing, directing, and acting, eventually winning two for his supporting role in "Syriana" and Best Picture for "Argo", which he produced along with Heslov and Ben Affleck.

Clooney and Heslov are repped by CAA. Paramount TV also recently announced development on Girls Code, a female-driven tech comedy set up at Freeform with Paul Feig attached to direct. If he makes any attempt to avoid those missions, he'll be in a total "Catch-22" because of a "hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule". The actor will also take part in the production of the series.

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