Brace yourselves all over again, my friends. Facebook has been talking about creating original TV content for a while now, and in August 2017 the company started a video-on-demand platform called Facebook Watch for that purpose. Since then, a number of reality, sports, and short-form comedy shows have been available on it, although nothing particularly essential or, as we say, buzzy.
But Facebook Watch has big plans for original scripted series going forward, and the company just announced a promising upcoming show. Yup, another outlet — on top of the networks, cable, and streamers such as Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu — that will need monitoring. The new series remains untitled, but it is a half-hour, 10-episode dramedy starring and executive produced by Elizabeth Olsen of “Wind River” and the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.” It was created by Kit Steinkellner, of the Zelda Fitzgerald series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” and it’s said to be about a young widow coping with grief and reconnecting with people from her past.
We can expect a few other high-profile series from Facebook Watch in the coming months: The company is ramping up its efforts by reportedly earmarking $1 billion for original programming this year. Other projects already in the works include “Five Points,” a Chicago-set high school drama executive produced by Kerry Washington, and “Shame,” an English-language Texas-set adaptation of Norwegian teen drama “Skam” from writer-producer Simon Fuller.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.