NBC orders DuVernay’s social experiment
US cablenet NBC has ordered a 10-episode family social experiment series from Ava DuVernay’s Array Filmworks and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.
Each hour-long episode of Home Sweet Home centres on two families who lead very different lives. The show challenges racial, religious, economic, geographic, gender and identity assumptions as participants exchange homes for a week and experience the life of someone unlike them.
DuVernay, who created the series, will serve as exec producer with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes.
“Led by Ava’s powerful and hopeful creative vision, these stories will reveal genuine moments of change that we hope will spark thought-provoking conversations and encourage compassion, empathy and understanding,” said Meredith Ahr, president of the Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment.
DuVernay added: “The idea for Home Sweet Home came to me during the strange and important times we’re all experiencing. The premise is that we are farther apart than ever, yet bound by what we have in common – concerns with health, safety, justice and community. These notions manifest in each of us in different ways, but nowhere more striking than in the privacy of our own homes.”