Julia Roberts Today Will Be Different Miniseries HBO

HBO Lands Julia Roberts-Starring Miniseries Today Will Be Different

Did HBO just find the next Big Little Lies?

The pay-cable network announced it’ll be developing Today Will Be Different, a limited series starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts. Like Lies, Different is based on a bestselling novel (this time, by author Maria Semple), and it also brings an A-list actress to the world of series television, as Lies did with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

Different takes place over a single day, with Roberts starring as Eleanor Flood, a woman who wakes up “determined to be her best self,” only to find life consistently (and unpredictably) getting in the way. Roberts will produce, and Semple will write the script.

This marks Roberts’ return to HBO: She co-starred in the 2014 TV movie The Normal Heart, earning an Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Emma Brookner.

Book fans: Does Julia Roberts make a good Eleanor Flood? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. Cas says:

    Awe love her. Not sure I’d call Kidman an A lister but she was wonderful in Big Little Lies.

    • Temperance says:

      Seriously? Then who is an A-lister?

      • taran63 says:

        Agreed, Kidman is an A-lister. Julia Roberts, however, might be an A+ lister.

      • Derek says:

        People who have been able in the last decades to open films and not have them end up on Lifetime. Like Scarlett Johansson, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence, Seth Rogen, etc…

    • James says:

      Kidman is an A lister definitely.

    • Haz says:

      Not trying to diss Roberts but in the past year Kidman has been on fire and has somewhat surpassed both Roberts and Bullock, again only in the past couple of years. Bottom line both are amazing actresses and I don’t see either of their careers fizzling out in the near future.

      I do hope that if this intended as a limited series once it’s done let it be done. As much as I enjoyed Big Little Lies it was intended as a limited series and I’m hoping they decide not go ahead with a second season.

    • Cas says:

      I guess I just think different. If you look at her workover the past few years I don’t even know some of these movies. I didn’t mean it as an insult. She just hasn’t been the star of any movies that have had box office success that I am aware of.

      • Kelly says:

        Actors and actresses do not always need box office success to be considered a-listers. Many of her movies have had critical acclaim, leading her to be nominated for, and winning, a number of awards. That is an a-lister in my book.

        • Derek says:

          That is not the general consensus, tough. Traditionally, an A-lister is someone who can open a picture. Kidman hasn’t opened a picture in a good while.

    • Sharon says:

      Kidman has an oscar

    • maltru says:

      I think people like her, Julia Robert, Sandra Bullocks, etc. are legacy A-listers. Whether the films they’re making now are successful or not is almost irrelevant based on how hugely successful they’ve been in the past, and the instant name recognition they still have.

  2. N says:

    Yay! Some good news today

  3. Sandrine says:

    Great news!

  4. Sandrine says:

    Great news!

  5. Jay says:

    I thought the general consensus was:
    – Movie star = A lister;
    – TV star = B lister;
    – Former movie/TV star = C lister;
    – Reality star = D lister.