For the first time in the 25 years of her showbiz career, Hollywood superstar and America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts will star in her own TV show. As per Variety, Roberts signed a deal to star in a limited TV series based on the best selling novel Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.
Roberts will play the role of Eleonor Flood. In the story, she is forced to abandon her ambitions and be awakened to a strange, new future. Inside sources reveal that the comedy series script will be penned by no less than the book’s author, Maria Semple.
Semple’s works will be remembered by fans for the critically acclaimed Suddenly Susan which starred Brooke Shields, Mad About You starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, and Arrested Development. But Roberts will not only be starring in her own show, she’s also going to be the executive producer.
Fans Dismayed with ?Limited? Episodes
Fans were disappointed to note that it will only be a ‘limited series’. Usually a full season has 22 episodes at the minimum, while limited series run between 10-15 episodes. But just because there’s a limited number of episodes per season doesn’t mean it won’t do well. There’s Orange is the New Black and American Crime which are big hits. So it will all depend on the viewers’ reception of Roberts.
Frankly though, there’s really nothing to worry about. Robert’s charm and charisma have been tried and tested over the years. She was very successful as a romantic love interest back in the 80s and 90s. My Best Friend’s Wedding and Notting Hill were major blockbuster successes. But it was her role in Erin Brockovich wherein she finally snagged an Oscar for Best Actress. She also got a Golden Globe, not to mention a critical acclaim.
From Film to Television Transition
Gone are the days when actors who switch from film to TV series are stigmatized as failures. Especially now that streaming services and on-demand capability are on the rise. For someone whose net worth is at $140 million, the word success is easier to imagine than failure.
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