Newswire: Amazon wins bitter war to bring Julia Roberts to TV

Having fought off pretty much every other streaming and cable outlet currently operating in the media sphere, Amazon has emerged from its bloody battles with the ultimate TV prize: America’s unstoppable sweetheart, Julia Roberts. Deadline reports that the streaming giant has just won a bidding war for a two-season pick-up for Homecoming, a new series starring Roberts, and produced and directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

Based off a star-studded podcast that premiered last year (with Catherine Keener in the lead role), the show centers on the dialogue between a military psychologist in a secret government facility (Roberts) and a soldier who’s excited to be returning home. Considering that the podcast pulled in names like Oscar Isaac, Amy Sedaris, and David Cross, the TV version will clearly need to keep its casting game at “A-list or better” if it wants to top the talent of its source …

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