As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the world, people find ways to adjust to the “new normal.” With production crews unable to film, some TV networks are experimenting. Daily shows and other programs are filming and airing from presenters’ homes. The latest network to do so is Freeform. The network now heads into the world of coronavirus-inspired programming with Love in the Time of Corona.
Love in the Time of Corona premieres in August
It was announced Thursday that Freeform will debut its new, limited, scripted series in August this year. Love in the Time of Corona is described as a limited four-part, romantic comedy series. While the series is funny, it also has more. It gives us a hopeful peek into connection, love, and making love during a time of social distancing.
Executive producers are Christine Sacani (The Fosters, Good Trouble), Joanna Johnson (The Fosters, Good Trouble, Hope & Faith), and Robyn Meisinger.
What is the Freeform series about?
The new rom-com series revolves around several interwoven stories. Each story brings with it a series of characters, locked down in their own homes.
Some of the characters are tempted, wondering if hooking up with a roommate could ever be a casual thing. Another regrets the fact she decided to quarantine with her ex. Basically, Love in the Time of Corona is a series that looks at love without boundaries, complete with social distancing. To keep things authentic, the show is filmed using remote technologies, with the characters’ own homes as a backdrop to each story.
Freeform is the first network to order the obligatory quarantine rom-com limited series. What do you think about the news? Will you tune in to Love in the Time of Corona? https://t.co/GJvZ2vPOFO
— Show Snob (@ShowSnobFS) May 7, 2020
Filming in the time of corona
Lauren Corrao is the Executive VP of Programming and Development for Freeform. ET quotes Corrao as saying it is the perfect show for the current generation. She says they have to learn to love in a world of social distancing. She admits that initially, the constraints were difficult, due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, she says, “immense creativity has flourished.” She added they could not be “more grateful” that Joanna brought the series to Freeform.
As for Joanna, she says, “Love is a basic and central need.” Johnson went on to say finding it in this time of coronavirus poses unique challenges. However, she says this won’t stop people from “forging great love stories.” She envisages grand romantic gestures and “profound acts of kindness.”
As also noted by ET, other corona-related shows coming to TV soon include Social Distance. This is an anthology series for Netflix by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan. The remotely filmed show will tell stories about the current time in this world. It will do so through deeply human and personal stories. The series will talk about how we are living apart, but together.
As people continue to adjust to the new state of the world, it is good to live with humor. It sounds like Love in the Time of Corona will be one great way to do so!
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