Julia Roberts is set to star in her first TV show, and it might not totally suck
Julia Roberts has been a leading lady in films for more than 25 years, playing iconic characters like Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman) and environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Now, Julia Roberts will star in a TV series for the first time in her career. The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to lead a limited series based on Today Will Be Different, a New York Times best-selling book by writer Maria Semple.
The book is about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, a dysfunctional Seattle mom and wife who wants to accomplish seemingly easy tasks like initiating sex with her husband and playing a board game with her son. She is determined to check off her to-do list, keep calm, and be a better woman than she was yesterday. But, life gets in the way and her day gets derailed with wild twists, exposed secrets, and a husband who has gone on vacation unbeknownst to her.
Of course, Roberts will take on the role of Flood and executive produce the show along with Semple and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures studio. Today Will Be Different is a very short book with a short time span, so the story will probably be told in a miniseries format over a couple of TV broadcasts. At this point, the series has yet to find a home and is rumored to start shopping around for a network in early 2017. But with a star like Julia Roberts in the driver’s seat, it shouldn’t take long for someone to snap up the series. Semple says she is giddy about working with Roberts, and no one can blame her for fanning out a bit over having a Hollywood star bring her character to life.
Making the jump to the small screen seems to be a smart move for Roberts. Many of her A-list friends have been able to find gigs on TV, which equals a steadier pay stream and the chance to be exposed to another generation of fans. And, with the increased production budget for TV series, shows are able to bring in writers who create compelling characters that experienced actors crave. They can take their time developing a character over the course of several episodes instead of a two-hour span. Because of the variety of shows, major Hollywood film issues of typecasting, ageism, and other factors seem to be lessened for thespians who choose to go for small-screen roles.
Roberts’ dive into TV will surely open the doors for her to have other interesting TV roles. And she’s in good hands with Semple, who has written for shows like Arrested Development and Mad About You. This might not totally suck! Here’s hoping.