Meryl Streep and J.J. Abrams join forces for new TV series The Nix

A series adaptation of Nathan Hill's debut novel


Thought Peak TV hit its true peak when David O. Russell tapped Robert De Niro and Julianna Moore for his new TV show? Well, get ready to move that benchmark again, because cinematic icon Meryl Streep is coming to television.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the three-time Oscar winner is closing in on a deal to star in Warner Bros. TV’s adaptation of author Nathan Hill’s novel The Nix. The project would see Streep working with J.J. Abrams, who is executive producing under his Bad Robot banner (Roadies, 11.22.63, freakin’ Lost) alongside Hill.

Update – November 3rd: Penny Dreadful creator Joe Logan has been hired as showrunner.

The Nix is Hill’s first novel; it tells the story of Samuel Andresen-Anderson as his mother, Faye, suddenly resurfaces after abandoning her family decades earlier. When she’s accused of committing an absurd crime, Samuel begins to investigate her past in an attempt to exonerate her. His quest to uncover her secrets stretches “from the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, [as] The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.”

No network is attached and there isn’t even a writer yet, but something tells me that once Streep officially signs on, those things will come together fairly quickly.

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