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    George Clooney is attached to star in and direct a limited series based on “Catch-22,” Variety has confirmed.

    The six-episode series hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. No network is currently attached. Adapted from the 1961 Joseph Heller novel, “Catch-22” is set in Italy during World War II. It focuses on Capt. John Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

    Clooney will star in the role of Colonel Cathcart. The series is being eyed for an early 2018 shoot. Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov will also direct a portion of the series. The episodes were co-written by Luke Davies and David Michôd, who will also executive produce. Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce for Anonymous Content along with Clooney and Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures banner.

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    jf123
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    Probably eligible for the 2019 Emmys though

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    eastwest
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    Interesting to see the flip side of this. It’s usually a female movie star coming to TV. He got his start on TV, so it’s cool that he’s using his influence as this big force in movies to make a quality leading vehicle for himself.

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    Headed to Hulu

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    Riley
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    Kyle Chandler replaces George Clooney as the lead, so that Clooney can focus more on directing and producing.  Clooney is now playing a supporting character, opposite Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie.

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    easy Globe TV Supporting win.

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    From what I’ve read here and there, the show will air in 2019 but will make it in Emmy eligibility.

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    Teaser

    Premieres May 17

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    Jays
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    Looks awesome. Excited for this.

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    It looks like War Machine redux.

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    I have seen “Episode 1”, which is directed by Grant Heslov, who is also recurring. We know that Heslov, George Clooney and Ellen Kuras each directed two of the six episodes, so my guess is that Clooney submits the finale for directing.

    The show basically opens with a three-minute monologue shouted by Clooney, complete with some dancing. It is the same farcical performance that Tony Shalhoub gives in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and which Clooney and his pal Brad Pitt have become too reliant on in recent years. Kyle Chandler only shows up in the last six minutes and he seems to be doing a Clooney impression, which makes sense because the role was originally supposed to be played by Clooney and I assumed that they beefed up the role that Clooney is now playing, so we essentially have two characters that perhaps should have been consolidated. Chandler has the major supporting role of the miniseries, but if voters only watch the first episode, they will vote for Clooney instead. I am always happy to see Hugh Laurie, but he is apparently not even going to be in it enough to be eligible for the Emmy ballot.

    I had Chandler second in my predictions before watching the episode, but have dropped him to fifth as such. I had Clooney fifth before, so he moves up to fourth. Christopher Abbott stays outside my predictions. I had the show itself fifth in my series predictions, but have now dropped it, having added it only after I dropped Fosse/Verdon. Hopefully, quality wins out and the Emmys nominate American Vandal and The Haunting of Hill House. I am even starting to think that it is possible.

    The episode was not long at only forty-three minutes without credits, but it dragged enough that it made me think that they should have just tried to make this into a movie again instead of a miniseries, i.e. three episodes’ worth of material instead of six. There were too many flying scenes, scenes with interchangeable soldiers and scenes with Abbott quietly brooding. There was also a gratuitous sex scene shoehorned into the early goings because I suppose that it would not be a prestige drama without the only female character swinging her big boobs and the male lead then spouting his pseudo-intellectual worldview at her post-coitally, with her giggling at his charm and wit. There was no hook for viewers to come back the following week to watch another episode, as far as I could tell. Soldiers being disenfranchised with war is nothing new in cinema. Soldiers grappling with the horrors of war is nothing new. Maybe others will respond better to the madcap satirical tone. I suppose that that part is fine actually for what it is, but it is insufficient to carry the show on its shoulders.

    The monochromatic visuals certainly did not help. The colour grading is off the charts here and ultimately misguided. The first-look photographs that Hulu released suggested a show with great cinematography, but they just went and turned everything orange in the actual show. Whether they are at the beach, in the cafeteria or in the air, it all looks the same.

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