Fresh off the success of Orange Is the New Black, creator Jenji Kohan plans to take viewers back some 300 years to colonial New England as part of a new series that will air on HBO. Kohan, who is also known for the Showtime series Weeds, is teaming up with writers and producers Bruce Miller and Tracy Miller to develop a "Salem" drama that could get weird, says The Hollywood Reporter:
The untitled Salem period drama explores the circumstances surrounding one of the most compelling chapters in American history, when intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass hysteria.
That chapter includes the Salem witch trials, which accused hundreds of people of practicing witchcraft, and led to imprisonment and execution. Kohan is, perhaps, best known for turning potentially dark and serious situations into comedy and satire, something that became commonplace in the eight seasons of Weeds.