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'Social Distance': Jenji Kohan Creating Quarantine-Inspired Series for Netflix

Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan is creating a quarantine-inspired series called Social Distance, which will be produced and filmed remotely.

Netflix will air the scripted anthology series that Hilary Weisman Graham will write and serve as showrunner, with Diego Velasco directing.

“Our job as storytellers is to reflect reality,” the producers told THR. “And in this new, bizarre, bewildering reality we are all experiencing, we feel passionate about finding connection as we all remain at a distance. We’ve been inspired to create an anthology series that tells stories about the current moment we are living through — the unique, personal, deeply human stories that illustrate how we are living apart, together. We are challenging ourselves to do something new: To create and produce virtually so that our cast and crew can stay healthy and safe. Writers never physically meet during the writing process… The cast not only acts, but also films themselves at home. The experience of social distancing is currently universal, but no individual story is the same. Through a broad spectrum of tales and moments, some seismic and some mundane, we hope to capture a moment in time. And we hope that Social Distance will help people feel closer to one another.”

'OITNB' Creator Jenji Kohan Breaks Silence After Son's Death

Jenji Kohan is speaking out after her son Charlie Noxon‘s tragic death.

The 50-year-old Orange Is the New Black creator’s son passed away at age 20 following a skiing accident on Tuesday (December 31) in Park City, Utah.

“Our hearts are shattered,” Jenji and Charlie’s father, Christoper Noxon, told TMZ. “The cliches about moments like this are true, it turns out. The one about life forever changing in a split second, about the fact that we are all bound up in a web of love and loss, about the primacy of community in times of unfathomable tragedy.”

TMZ reports that Charlie – wearing a helmet and skiing by himself – crashed into a sign while navigating an intermediate-level trail.

Our thoughts continue to be with Jenji Johan and Charlie Noxon‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

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'Orange is the New Black' Creator Jenji Kohan's Son Dies in Skiing Accident - Report

Jenji Kohan is mourning the tragic death of her son Charlie.

The 20-year-old son of the Orange is the New Black creator died in a skiing accident on Tuesday (December 31) in Park City, Utah, TMZ reports.

Charlie was on vacation with dad Christopher Noxon and his two siblings when he fell while skiing. He was then taken by helicopter to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A statement from Park City Mountain via the Park Record said “a serious incident” took place “on the mountain” on Tuesday, “involving a 20-year-old male from Sherman Oaks, CA.” It did not identify the man.

“Park City Mountain, Park City Mountain Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” said Mike Goar, Park City Mountain vice president and chief operating officer.

Our thoughts are with Charlie‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

See All the 'Orange Is the New Black' Cast at the Final Season Premiere!

The final season of Orange Is the New Black is about to debut on Netflix and the cast stepped out for the red carpet premiere on Thursday night (July 25) in New York City.

The stars walked the carpet at Lincoln Center in style!

The cast members in attendance included Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Adrienne C Moore, Jackie Cruz, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Jessica Pimentel, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Laura Gomez, Matt Peters, Diane Guerrero, Emma Myles, Abigail Savage, Alysia Reiner, Annie Golden, Laverne Cox, Catherine Curtin, Beth Fowler, Beth Dover, Mike Houston, Jason Biggs, Christina Toth, Maria Dizzia, Michael Torpey, Shawna Hamic, Berto Colon, Phumzile Sitole, and series creator Jenji Kohan.

FYI: Taylor is wearing a Monse dress and Yael Sonia earrings. Danielle is wearing a Christian Siriano dress. Uzo is wearing a SemSem dress and Irene Neuwirth jewelry. Laura is wearing Ralph Lauren with Jimmy Choo shoes and a Mlouye clutch. Natasha is wearing Gucci with H. Stern jewelry. Laverne is wearing a Christian Siriano dress. Selenis is wearing a CD Green dress, an Edie Parker bag, and Christian Louboutin shoes. Jackie is wearing Loulou with Stuart Weitzman shoes, a Sandro belt, and a Judith Leiber bag.

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Uzo Aduba Admits She 'Didn't Really Get' Streaming While Filming the First Season of 'Orange Is The New Black'

Uzo Aduba, Jenji Kohan and Cindy Holland are on the cover of Variety‘s latest issue, out now.

Here’s what the Orange Is The New Black cast and crew had to say…

Uzo, on the show’s beginning before streaming was popular: “When we were making Orange [in 2012], it wasn’t like House of Cards was actually on television for us to be like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be that. It’s like, ‘Is it a web series? Is it going to be on YouTube? I don’t really get what this is.’ Additionally, the makeup of our show wasn’t something that was all over the television landscape.”

Uzo, on working in television: “It was something that, up until then, I didn’t actively pursue, because I had never seen a space for myself there existent in it.”

Jenji, on why she loved the Netflix model from the start: “Here was a network that was willing to buy an entire season at once and fund it and support it. There was nothing better in my mind. I had gone through years and years of pilots, and [for Netflix] to say, ‘We’re going to support your vision through a whole season’ was an amazing opportunity. It had a real budget and a team that was really into it, so I wasn’t thinking in terms of ‘No one will see it’ or ‘It’ll only be on the web’ or whatever. It’s like, ‘I get to make this.’”

For more from the OITNB stars, head to Variety.com.

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'OITNB' Creator Jenji Kohan & Husband Christopher Noxon File For Divorce

Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan is splitting with her husband Christopher Noxon.

The 49-year-old television writer just filed the divorce paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ.

The split could come with a high price tag, as the couple have been married for 20 years, prior to Jenji‘s television success, and do not have a prenup.

Jenji also created Glow, Weeds and recently signed a deal with Netflix to create a number of shows.

This means the couple’s asserts would be split 50/50. Christopher is reportedly asking for spousal support while Jenji is looking to deny the request.

The couple share three children who are in high school and college.