Facebook is expanding its roster of original video content. The social media site has ordered a dramedy series starring Avengers: Infinity War star Elizabeth Olsen, according to Deadline. The 10-episode series is the latest in a string of acquisitions for the social media site, which has been working to develop its own content for its Watch platform.
The half-hour show is reportedly about a young widow (Olsen) who is dealing with the loss of her spouse, while at the same time reconnecting with people from her past. The series was created and written by Z: The Beginning of Everything writer Kit Steinkellner, while Switched at Birth’s Lizzy Weiss will serve as showrunner.
Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook was willing to spend upwards of $1 billion on original content in 2018, to develop its own original streaming content for its recently updated video tab, Watch. By doing so, Facebook is joining a plethora of competitors like Netflix and Amazon, each of which aims to develop their own content to entice consumers and users to their respective platforms. This new project adds to the shows that Facebook has already ordered, such as a remake of the Norwegian webseries Skam, and a fairy-tale horror series called Sacred Lies.