Meg Ryan Feeling 'Awful' at HBO

Meg Ryan's last appearance on a TV series was in something called "Wildside," a western that aired for about a month on ABC in the spring of 1985. That drought is about to end.

Ryan, the star of "When Harry Met Sally ...," "Sleepless in Seattle" and, most recently, "Against the Ropes," is set to star in an HBO adaptation of Carrie Fisher's novel "The Best Awful." The book, a sequel to "Postcards From the Edge," is being turned into a miniseries on the cable network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Best Awful" picks up after "Postcards" in telling the story of Suzanne Vale, a bipolar actress-turned-TV host who's dealing with the fallout from divorcing her gay husband. After going off her meds and taking an excursion to Tijuana in search of Oxycontin, she lands in a mental facility and tries to piece herself back together.

As she did with the 1990 movie of "Postcards From the Edge" (in which Meryl Streep played Suzanne), Fisher will adapt "The Best Awful" for HBO. She and Ryan will also serve as producers of the project, along with Richard LaGravenese ("The Ref," "Beloved") and Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," ABC's upcoming "Traveler").

Ryan is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, most recently in 1999 for "You've Got Mail." She has two features, "In the Land of Women" and "Homeland Security," on tap for next year.