Newswire: Matthew Weiner reveals the weird premise for his Amazon series The Romanoffs

Way back in October, we reported that Amazon had picked up a new anthology series from Mad Men man Matthew Weiner, but we didn’t know anything about the show beyond Weiner’s involvement. Now, he’s finally ready to talk about this new project, and it sounds a little weird and pretty clever.

According to Variety, the show will be called The Romanoffs, but rather than a historical drama about Russia’s doomed imperial family, it’ll be about people in the present day who all believe they are descendants of the Romanoffs. Each episode will focus on one of these people—and in an interesting twist, they will all be completely unconnected to each other beyond that. In other words, every episode is a standalone story about someone who thinks they have the same famous ancestors, but there are no plot threads or recurring characters that tie the …

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