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A new series based on the life of Julia Child is heading to HBO Max

It's simply titled 'Julia.'

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Anna Rahmanan
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There's something about food-centric entertainment options that just tickle America's fancy. From Chef's Table to Ugly Delicious and just about anything on the Food Network, audiences seem to enjoy watching food on a screen just as much as they do eating it. And so we dare say that HBO Max's new scripted series based on the life of famous chef and cookbook author Julia Child is already bound to be a runaway success.

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Simply titled Julia, the show will explore "an evolving time in American history—the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women's movement, the nature of celebrity and America's cultural growth. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic." Which is to say: the amazing Child will function as a tool for streamers to learn more about the very device that has upended Child's life and our own.

British actress Sarah Lancashire will take on the title role while David Hyde Pierce will play Child's husband Paul. The cast is rounded out by the likes of Isabella Rossellini, Brittany Bradford, Fiona Glascott and Fran Kranz. No word yet on the exact premiere date. 

We expect the series to take a look at the very show that made Child a star back in 1963, The French Chef, but also her work as a copywriter, her time at the Cordon Bleu school, the story behind her famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking book and even her enlistment in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.

"We are so happy to help bring the incomparable Julia Child back to the small screen, when we need her more than ever. This show's look into her life, marriage and trailblazing career as she transformed the way we talk about food is an absolute delight," Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in an official announcement. "Our incredible cast and formidable creative team are a recipe for success, and we couldn't be more excited."

Perhaps most thrillingly, HBO Max has been referring to the eight-episode series as "season one." Are more to follow? We surely hope so. 

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