Despite COVID-19 putting an immediate stop to television and film productions across the world, with few exceptions, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Joanna Johnson (ex-Caroline/Karen) has created what could be Freeform’s next big hit comedy and there’s no soundstage required.
In “Love in the Time of Corona,” the four-part romantic comedy series takes a hopeful look at the search for love, sex and connection during the era of social distancing. Following several interwoven stories with an ensemble of characters who are sheltering in their homes, some of whom are wondering if a hookup with a roommate can ever be casual as another kicks herself for deciding to isolate with an ex. Filmed using remote technologies while utilizing talents’ real living spaces as the backdrop to the stories, the series takes a fresh look at love that knows no bounds.
“This is the perfect show for a generation who is learning to love and be loved in a time when the entire world is telling them to stay six feet apart,” said Lauren Corrao, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform. “Although the constraints have been difficult during this time, immense creativity has flourished and we could not be more grateful that Joanna brought this series to Freeform.”
“Love is a basic and central need,” says Johnson. “Finding it in the time of Corona may pose unique challenges, but it won’t stop us from forging great love stories, inspiring grand romantic gestures and profound acts of kindness.”
Johnson is the co-creator of such shows as “Good Trouble,” “The Fosters” and “Hope & Faith.” She’ll co-executive produce “Love in the Time of Corona” alongside Christine Sacani (“Good Trouble,” “The Fosters”) and Anonymous Content’s Robyn Meisinger.
Set to premiere in August, the network did not release the names of talent who are attached to the limited scripted series.