Julia Roberts to make the leap to TV in new limited series

Published On: December 19, 2016 12:55 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Things are about to get very different for Julia Roberts, as the longtime film star transitions to television in a new limited series based on Maria Semple’s novel ‘Today Will Be Different’.

Semple’s novel centers on Eleanor Flood, who begins her day vowing that she will be her best self, before her life and past begin unspooling before her eyes.

“I’m giddy that Eleanor Flood will be brought to life by Julia Roberts and am elated to collaborate with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and the team at Annapurna on this endeavor,” Semple told the Hollywood Reporter. “This will be a fun ride!”

Naegle, president of Annapurna’s newly created TV division, Ellison and Semple will all serve as executive producers on the project, with Roberts producing the series under her Red Om Films banner.

Semple will also tackle adaptation duties for the series, unsurprising given her prior experience working on shows including ‘Suddenly Susan,’ ‘Mad About You’ and ‘Arrested Development.’

The role marks Roberts’ first extended stint on the small screen, having previously appeared in Ryan Murphy’s HBO TV movie ‘The Normal Heart’ as well as in episodes of ‘Friends’ and ‘Law & Order.’

No network is currently attached to the project.

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