The ‘OITNB’ Creator Is Making A Netflix Show About Social Distancing From Her Lounge Room

Orange Is The New Black

Here’s an interesting one for you, the creative team behind Orange Is the New Black is working on a new anthology series about the experience of living in isolation. It’s called Social Distance, and the series will be scripted and shot with crews working remotely. The actors will film themselves. Interesting, right?

Diego Velasco (Cybergeddon) will direct the actors remotely and showrunner Hilary Weisman (Bones) will run production remotely from her living room. Again, the cast will both act and film themselves at home. Weisman will also serve as executive producer, alongside Jenji Kohan (OITNB creator), Tara Herrmann (Glow and Weeds), and Blake McCormick (Cougar Town).

“The experience of social distancing is currently universal, but no individual story is the same,” the team said in a statement. Through a broad spectrum of tales and moments, some seismic and some mundane, we hope to capture a moment in time. And we hope that Social Distance will help people feel closer to one another.”

The team said they were inspired to create an anthology series to tell “the unique, personal, deeply human stories that illustrate how we are living apart, together.”

“We are challenging ourselves to do something new: To create and produce virtually so that our cast and crew can stay healthy and safe. Writers never physically meet during the writing process.”

I have so many questions. How will it be filmed? Will there be a fourth wall? Is it too soon? Do we all want to be reminded of what we’re living through? Am I surprised Netflix found a way to still make content in the middle of a pandemic? Absolutely not. It’s still very much early days though, so a release date has yet to be announced. Stay tuned.