HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actress Meryl Streep speaks onstage at the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for AFI)
In a sure sign of the apocalypse, Meryl Streep is coming to television.

Oh, sure, it’s just an HBO TV movie, but the chameleonic actress doing any TV is a major casting coup.

The actress is reportedly set to play opera star Maria Callas in an adaptation of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class,” according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”

One potential reason for her the casting is that she’s frequently worked with the director, Mike Nichols.

In the past, they’ve collaborated on “Postcards from the Edge” and “Silkwood,” among other projects.

Streep hasn’t done much TV since the late ‘70s, aside from a guest role on a few animated series, an appearance on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” and 1997’s “…First Do No Harm.”

HBO has had a great deal of critical success with their TV films in recent years, most notably with “Game Change” and this year’s “The Normal Heart.”

We know, we know: “It’s not TV. It’s HBO.” But are you surprised to see Meryl on the small screen? Let us know in the comments!

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