The team behind Orange Is the New Black is creating a social distancing anthology series that will air on Netflix. Per E! News, Social Distance will be the first series in the time of the coronavirus. The series will also feature remote production from cast, director, showrunners, and editors.
The team behind OITNB explains the concept, saying, “Our job as storytellers is to reflect reality, and in this new, bizarre, bewildering reality we are all experiencing, we feel passionate about finding connection as we all remain at a distance. 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.”
They also explain that they “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.” They also add, “Our director, Diego Velasco, directs our talent remotes. Our showrunner, Hilary Weisman Graham, runs production from her living room. The cast not only acts, but also films themselves at home.”