Jenji Kohan's Period Drama New World Gets Pilot Order at HBO

Jenji Kohan New World

HBO is taking on a whole New World — and Jenji Kohan is leading them there, no magic carpet necessary.

The premium cabler has given a pilot order to a period drama from the Orange Is the New Black creator, our sister site Deadline reports.

Though the network is staying tight-lipped about plot specifics, New World reportedly will explore the circumstances around a particularly compelling chapter in American history, where intolerance reigned supreme and led a town to mass hysteria. (Rumor has it that the 17th-century Salem Witch Trials will play a role in the drama.)

Kohan will write the pilot, along with Bruce Miller (Eureka) and Tracy Miller, while Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) will direct.

Production on New World will begin in Boston this spring.

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15 Comments
  1. TVNerd says:

    I don’t get why showrunners need to leave hit dramas to make more shows. She should just focus on Orange which is doing great rather then work on multiple projects ultimately harming the quality of all the shows. This has happened with numerous showrunners including Ryan Murphy, Jason Katims, Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes…

    I guess TV is ultimately a business and money talks.

    Plus this just sounds like Salem on WGN America.

    • m3rcnate says:

      lol “I guess TV is ultimately a business”…just figure that out? I’m sure there are a ton of reasons, some creative (they created their show, its a hit, they have created a writing team that knows their vision, they move on feeling like the shows in good hands to create a new show) and some monetary (their contracts end after the first few seasons, theirs more money in starting a new show and selling it and getting it hot than sticking around a show forever, etc).

      If you create hit show after hit show, your name is synonymous with being a hit creator, if you create ONE hit show and stay on it as the show-runner for 8 seasons…your name is synonymous with that one show, and your résumé is real thin.

      Overall this show doesn’t really interest me, then again OitNB didnt really capture me either. Some show creators/runners just dont make shows that capture my imagination/attention (Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, & more) where as others do. The synopsis of this show sounds like its going to be heavy in drama, heavy in intolerance and racism and sexism and all that…sorry but i dont really want to watch something depressing thats a mirror on how depressing times are right now. Wonder why Comic book movies/tv shows are such a hit? Escapism, heroes, leaving a movie theater (or sitting on your couch) feeling good, having had a nice laugh and cheered for a good guy. I dont want to watch slavery or the Salem witch trials or any of the other horrible things we (humans) have done right now.

      • Lizo says:

        You hit the nail on the head with another show being focused on an intolerant time period. And because its on HBO I feel it’s just an excuse for them to go super graphic with the racism and misogyny. The world sucks as it is, I don’t need to watch abuse porn to be entertained. I’ll be over there watching The Flash.

        • m3rcnate says:

          Lol amen, i’ll also be watching The Flash and having a damn good time doing it! I’ll pass on drama’s about affairs and racism/sexism/abuse/slaps/etc. I’ll just watch the news if i want to get depressed at the state of things.

    • Lizo says:

      I don’t know, Rhimes and Berlanti seem to be balancing multiple shows just fine; excellently even. And their names involved get me to watch other projects they do. But Murphy, granted, can’t even make something good if he’s solely focused on it so…

  2. Ray says:

    Oh yes, I remember this project now. There was news last year when Salem debuted that Jenji Kohan would also be tackling the subject for HBO

  3. Et al says:

    Intolerance and hysteria? It’s either Salem circa 1692 or Alabama circa last week.

    • TVNerd says:

      yes poor Sureshbhai Patel and the racist cop

      • Et al says:

        Oh wow I hand’t heard about that. I was talking about the judge who refused to honor the ruling on same sex marriage licenses. I guess when I speak of bigotry in Alabama in the future I’ll have to be more specific.

        • TVNerd says:

          oh well just so you know there was an Indian grandfather beaten outside on the sidewalk because cops thought he was up to no good just walking and someone called in a complaint of a “thin black guy” walking around the neighborhood. Since he didn’t know English, he kept reaching for his phone saying No English, call my son. Cops beat him and pushed him so hard, he was paralyzed at the hospital now recovering. I believe the Police chief fired the cop who was now arrested and big lawsuit coming

    • lechatnoir says:

      and its America every day . Open season on dark skinned people .

    • Lizo says:

      Lols! I thought the same thing while reading it.

  4. Lizo says:

    Ooooooo Gus Van Sant!!! Every person in America should watch his film ‘Elephant’.

  5. jack says:

    Let’s not forget how the puritans got this land to begin with – by murdering the Native Americans that originally lived on this land and then stealing the land from any Native people left. The puritans began the genocide of Native people here and the theft of their land. No thanks on this show.