Netflix is Developing a Series About Social Distancing With Jenji Kohan

It was only a matter of time. With all the quarantine chronicles and videos being shared online, things had to get to a point where Hollywood would pen a script about these self-isolating times.

A new TV show is in the works about social distancing and it’s from one of entertainment’s favorite creators: Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan.

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What’s the series about?

Titled “Social Distancing,” it’s an anthology series sticking to its theme. According to Variety, it is as real as it gets with the writing and production team operating from the confines of their own spaces while working on the series.

The show’s executive producers shared an announcement which was posted on the See What’s Next Twitter account for Netflix.

“We’ve been inspired to create an anthology series that tells stories about the current moment we are living through — 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.”

The ‘Orange Is the New Black’ team is on the job

Jenji Kohan is serving as an executive producer along with Tara Herrmann, Hilary Weisman Graham, and Blake McCormick. Diego Velasco is the director and also co-executive producing, and with the exception of McCormick, the whole team worked together on Orange Is the New Black.

Per Deadline, each cast member is filming from their own space and all the writing is being done as a group effort, but remotely. Weisman Graham, who is showrunner, is executing her duties virtually.

The entire creation process is happening in real-time during the quarantine, something the team was purposely aiming for to craft the story.

“The experience of social distancing is currently universal, but no individual story is the same. 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.”

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The news is getting mixed reactions

Once the news hit Twitter and other parts of the internet, people started chiming in about the timing of the series. Many are happy about new content from Kohan and her team, and some are interested in seeing a story about the world’s current state. However, others have their misgivings.

One Twitter user remarked, “I’m living this I don’t need to see it.” Another one joked, “Can I be in this show please? I would love to show to the people what I do during quarantine.”

Others worried it’s too soon to have a show about the pandemic while a few were hoping for an OITNB spinoff. There was also criticism about a TV series like this being opportunistic and profit-seeking.

On Reddit, one person complained about Kohan’s other projects, writing:

“I’m pretty sure that’s her signature move: creating shows that start out really good and then the quality drops off a cliff around season 3/4. I’ve watched tons of Orange Is the New Black and Weeds, and I seriously doubt I’ll ever actually finish either show.”

A premiere date has not been shared for the series, but the project is actively being made for Netflix.