It’s the “Tomorrowland” reunion you never knew you wanted: Hugh Laurie has joined George Clooney’s upcoming Hulu limited series “Catch-22,” which could very well finally win Laurie that elusive Emmy.
Based the acclaimed 1961 Joseph Heller novel, the six-episode series follows Capt. John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a World War II U.S. Air Force bombardier who is enraged by the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which says that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind.
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Laurie will play Laurie will play Major de Coverley, a squadron executive officer on Pianosa air base. Clooney, who is producing alongside Grant Heslov and directing every episode, and is playing Col. Cathcart in his first series regular role since he left “ER” in 1999.
The project has all the makings of a big-time Emmy contender, even more so now that Hulu is a proven Emmy player. Neither Clooney nor Laurie has won a competitive Emmy (Clooney received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2010), but Laurie, who starred on Hulu’s “Chance” for two seasons, has a far dire record than his fellow TV doctor alum. Clooney is only 0-3, while Laurie is 0-10, losing six times as a performer and once as a producer on “House,” once each as a performer and producer on “The Night Manager,” and once for his guest turn on “Veep.” Laurie was widely predicted to break his duck last year for “Veep,” but was stunned by Dave Chappelle (“Saturday Night Live”).
On the other hand, you can probably go ahead and engrave a Golden Globe for Laurie. They love him over there and he has won three already.
Does “Catch-22” sound like Laurie’s ticket to an Emmy?
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