Maria Semple, author of the novel “Today Will be Different,” interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.
Author of the best-selling novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” Maria Semple’s latest novel is a comic look at a day in the life of a wife and mother, dealing with the kinds of issues we all deal with, and trying to be better.
Maria Semple has a long history in the entertainment field. Her father, Lorenzo Semple Jr. created the 1960’s Batman TV series and wrote the screenplay for several films, including Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View. Maria Semple took after her father, and was in the writers’ room for several TV shows, including Ellen, Suddenly Susan (for which she was show runner), Beverly Hills 90210 and Arrested Development. “Today Will Be Different” is her third novel.
The interview not only discusses this book and her career, but delves deeply into how a television show is created from the perspective of the writers’ room, what it means to be an “executive producer,” and how each individual show and a season come together.