Though she’s definitely no stranger to gloomy, highly dramatic subject matter, it’s still a little surprising Kate Winslet would take a television role just 6 months after winning the Best Actress Oscar for her role as an illiterate Nazi statutory rapist in “The Reader.” Reported by Variety.com this week, however, the 33 year-old “Titanic” star has signed on to play a depression-era mother struggling with divorce, child-death and small business ownership in “Mildred Pierce.”

Based on the James M Cain novel, “Pierce” is set to be adapted into a TV mini-series with Winslet playing the titular role of a woman who leaves her husband to open a restaurant. The book was originally adapted as a feature film in 1945, and earned Joan Crawford an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Though a deal has yet to be struck, HBO is being considered the frontrunner to nab the series. Well known for producing high-profile mini-series (“Angels in America,” “Generation Kill”) the cable network’s mini-series “John Adams” set a record for Emmy Awards last year, receiving 23 nominations and winning 13.

(So maybe Winslet’s just looking for an Emmy this time?)

The series is being helmed by “Velvet Goldmine” writer/director, Todd Haynes.