Amazon has handed out a two-season order to a new series called “Homecoming,” a thriller that will star Julia Roberts and be executive produced by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail.

The show is based on a drama podcast (also called “Homecoming”) that tells the story of a therapist (Roberts) at a government facility and a soldier making the transition back to civilian life. Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac play the lead roles in the podcast, whose second season launched Wednesday.

“Homecoming” creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg are writing the TV adaptation, and Esmail is set to direct. All three will serve as exec producers, as will Roberts and others.

The show will be Roberts’ first lead role in a TV series. She is, however, a two-time Emmy nominee, for HBO’s movie “The Normal Heart” in 2014 and for a guest appearance on “Law & Order” in 1999.

Roberts is also set to star in and executive produce an HBO limited series called “Today Will Be Different,” based on the novel by Maria Semple. Production on the two shows isn’t expected to conflict; there’s no premiere date set for either one yet.

The podcast also features David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris and David Cross; there’s no word yet on whether any of them could be part of the TV series as well.

“Homecoming” joins this list of shows that have bypassed the pilot process and gone straight to a series pickup. It includes another Amazon project, a mob drama starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro from David O. Russell.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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