Following the major success of Big Little Lies, HBO has signed up another series adaptation of a book, this one based on Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette Audio; OverDrive Sample), Entertainment Weekly reports HBO won the project in a “competitive bidding war.”

As we posted earlier, Julia Roberts will star as Eleanor Flood in her first TV role since HBO’s The Normal Heart. Flood wakes up one morning, according the the HBO press release, “determined to be her best self, but then life happens. Taking place over a single day, it’s a rollicking portrait of one woman’s fumbling but valiant attempt to navigate the knotty perils and sly grace of modern life.”

Semple, no stranger to TV herself (she worked on Beverly Hills, 90210, Mad About You, Suddenly Susan, and Arrested Development), is writing the script.

No news at this point on when the project will debut or who will join Roberts in the cast.

HBO’s newest purchase and its hit adaptations of Big Little Lies and Game of Thrones are just three of its literary projects. The network is also partnering with an Italian studio and will air the adaptation of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

HBO is, of course, just one of many outlets keen to grab book-to-screen projects. The Verge runs down why book adaptations are getting more frequent, and getting better.

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