Facebook orders new TV comedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen

Cast member Elizabeth Olsen poses at the premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Facebook has reinforced its desire to venture into the world of television, as it has ordered a new half-hour female-driven drama-comedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen.

The social media company has ordered 10 episodes of the straight-to-series dramedy, which was formerly titled “Widow.” Aside from starring, Olsen will also serve as the executive producer of the series, while Lizzy Weiss will be the showrunner.

Kit Steinkellner, who previously worked on “Z: The Beginning Of Everything,’ is the series creator and will also serve as the lead writer. James Ponsoldt, who is known for his work on the highly acclaimed Netflix series “Master of None,” will also be involved in the new series as a director and executive producer on a number of episodes.

Very little is known about the upcoming series except a vague description made by Olsen, who said the show is “dark, funny, and complicated.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of the group we have brought together for this show,” said Olsen. “Kit’s story has been near and dear to me for years and I can’t wait to share our dark, funny, and complicated show with the world.”

Facebook’s video streaming platform, Watch, was launched back in October, but has not made much of an impact compared to competitors like Hulu or Netflix. However, it looks like the company is slowly but surely making moves to change that, as it has already began picking up new shows with fairly big names attached to them.

Last year, the company announced a new drama series set titled “Five Points.” The upcoming series will be set in Chicago and will star Kerry Washington.

Earlier this year, Facebook also announced a coming-of-age fairy tale show from movie production studio Blumhouse, which was behind hit films like “Get Out,” “Split,” and “Happy Death Day.”

Facebook’s moves come following a number of straight-to-series orders made by Apple, which is also beginning its foray into original programming. The technology giant has previously announced an upcoming morning show drama featuring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.