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Hulu eyes more Sally Rooney-inspired success

Author Sally Rooney spoke at the Hulu segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., in January.
Author Sally Rooney spoke at the Hulu segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., in January.Amy Sussman/Getty Images/file

Looks like Hulu is in the Sally Rooney business. First the Disney-owned streaming service ran “Normal People,” 12 half-hour episodes about a complex romance in Ireland, based by Rooney’s novel. Hulu doesn’t publish its viewership numbers, but the drama has been a critical and word-of-mouth success and may well find its way into the upcoming list of Emmy nominations (due July 28).

Now, Hulu is going to co-produce (with BBC Three) an adaptation of Rooney’s first novel, 2013′s “Conversations With Friends.” The drama, which will also be 12 half-hour episodes, is about two female college students in Dublin who form an unusual relationship with an older, straight married couple. Director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Alice Birch, both of whom were involved in “Normal People,” will be on board for “Conversations,” too.

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