Feeling that hole in your soul since Mad Men ended? Creator Matthew Weiner is working on a new show for Amazon titled The Romanoffs, but it isn’t expected to hit online until this time next year. Sorry, way to get your hopes up and immediately crush them.

This is an anthology season, much like Black Mirror, with a separate cast and story for each of the eight episodes. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Weiner gave a hint to what his series will be, and it’s not a dystopian sci-fi world.

The thing that holds them together is that all of the stories involve people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Romanov [family, the last imperial dynasty to rule Russia. The mystery surrounding the family dates back to 1918, when revolutionaries brutally murdered Tsar Nicholas II and much of his family. But the remains of one of his daughters, Anastasia, long served as a mystery, with lore suggesting she’d survived the tragedy and taken on a new identity. In the years since, many have claimed to be Romanov survivors.] And that’s the title of the show, The Romanoffs.
– Matthew Weiner (March 2nd, The Hollywood Reporter)

Weiner will be working with some of the crew from Mad Men and says he would like to work with cast alumni if they’re available. Interesting that he is jumping ship from AMC to Amazon, but according to him that was where the better deal was.

Look out for The Romanoffs early next year on Amazon.


Featured image: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his five children with Cossacks in 1916.
Romanov Collection, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.