You're in luck, Big Little Lies fans. While you wait to find out if the affluent, beachside community of Monterey will live again in a Season 2, there may be a new show that can fill the California-sized hole in your TV lineup. According to Deadline, Julia Roberts will reportedly star in Today Will Be Different, another prestige book-to-screen adaptation headed to HBO. Roberts will play protagonist Eleanor Flood as well as produce, while original author Maria Semple will write the script.
Today Will Be Different will be a limited series that pulls an A-list star back to television, just as Big Little Lies did for Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and the like. It also peers into the world of a compelling female lead, following Eleanor as she fumbles through the wax and wane of modern day womanhood.
In Semple's novel, the character is a once-promising animator who sets out to live her perfect day, but soon finds herself swept into the chaos of life: Her son has decided to fake sick to get her attention; her husband tells his office he's on vacation, but not Eleanor; and a chance encounter with a former colleague plunges her back into a long-buried past that threatens to reveal a family secret.
Of course, it's not an exact match to BLL, nor should it be. Instead of regurgitating a story viewers have already seen, Today Will Be Different promises something freshly captivating. Whereas Big Little Lies operated within a largely high society world propelled by a sudden, town-shattering murder, Today Will Be Different seems more aimed to the everywoman — albeit with a lot more drama, and still plenty of mystery.
But if Big Little Lies is any indication, Today Will Be Different will be filled with complex storylines, stunning cinematography, and emotionally rich, fully realized characters. And that should be more than enough to put it on your must-watch list.