George Clooney to return to TV in 'Catch-22' miniseries

George Clooney to return to TV in 'Catch-22' miniseries

George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialised adaptation of "Catch-22", Paramount Television said on Thursday, almost 20 years after he left hit show ER to become one of film's biggest names.

"Catch-22" - which will have a script written by Luke Davies and David Michod - follows United States 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.

While Clooney has been busy raising his twins, Ella and Alexander, making millions from his tequila company, and going on swoon-worthy dates with Amal in Italy, this role marks a homecoming for the actor, who got his big break on television.

The adaptation is to be co-written by Luke Davies and David Michôd.

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"Catch-22" was adapted into a 1970 film by director Mike Nichols.

Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart in the series, an army commander during World War II who is eager to climb the ranks at any expense. If he makes any attempt to avoid those missions, he'll be in a total "Catch-22" because of a "hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule".

Clooney will be playing the conniving U.S. army colonel Cathcart. A man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly unsafe 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 and Grant Heslov, who serve as executive producer, will direct the limited series.

Clooney, 56, appeared in the medical drama ER 1994-99.

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