How big has television become in recent years?
Well, not only did it snag Anthony Hopkins for the first season of HBO’s Westworld, it seems to have finally lured yet another one of film’s biggest names to the slightly smaller screen.
Julia Roberts, who has never starred in a television series in her decades-long career, will change that, taking part in a limited series based on author Maria Semple’s best-selling book, Today Will Be Different.
Roberts also will serve as an executive producer on the series, according to Variety, will will be put together by Annapurna Pictures, which made its name for the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.
Today Will Be Different is about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, played by Roberts. The character is admittedly a bit of a mess as she decides that today is the day to tackle the little things that she has been neglecting.
Of course, life gets in the way of success as a fake-sick son, errant husband, and a former colleague with a bomb-dropping memoir derail her modest plan.
Taking place over the course of one day, the series is described as a “hilarious, heart-filled story” about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes, it takes facing our former selves to truly begin living.
We shouldn’t have to tell you what Julia Roberts is best known for, because if you don’t know, how did you find us in the first place? But we will fulfill our obligations anyway, because we’re just those kind of people.
Roberts is a four-time Oscar nominee for films like Steel Magnolias in 1990, Pretty Woman in 1991 and August: Osage County in 2014. She won in 2001 for her work in the title role of Erin Brockovich.
Her other credits include Sleeping With the Enemy, Ocean’s Eleven and Eat Pray Love. Roberts appeared in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster earlier this year, which grossed $93.5 million globally. Her next film, Wonder with Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, opens in April.
While Today Will Be Different will be Roberts’ first starring television, role, it’s hardly the first time she’s ever been on television. She appeared in Miami Vice early in her career in 1988, and later made guest appearances on shows like Friends, Murphy Brown and Law & Order.
There is no network attached to the project quite yet, but it’s likely to be one that should easily find a home and direct-to-series order.
Roberts and Annapurna should find out more news on that early next year.
Although Semple is an author now, she has a strong history in television, dating back to Beverly Hills 90210 in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She also wrote for shows like Mad About You and Arrested Development.
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