There's no way around it: Quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic has made life rough. But for many perpetually stuck at home, the best way to push through an unprecedented year is to rely on friends, family and loved ones.
That's the exact premise behind Connecting, a new ensemble comedy headed to NBC on Thursday, Oct. 8. As the name implies, the characters in this new show essentially hop on video calls to check in with each other, offer up some laughs and feel a bit more sane. A TV show about quarantine and a pandemic amid the quarantine and the pandemic is indeed meta, however, the cast and their jokes will make you smile.
In an exclusive sneak peek at the series premiere, stars Preacher Lawson, Otmara Marrero, Jill Knox, Keith Powell, Ely Henry, Shakina Nayfack and Parvesh Cheena open up about why they relate so much to the timely script.
"Connecting is pretty much what life is right now," Lawsons says in the clip. "When I first got the script, I was like, ‘I don't wanna do a show about quarantine ‘cause I'm tired of being in quarantine!' But I think that's what makes the show so good, is that this is life." Fact.
Further explaining the storyline, Marrero says, "The show is about friends that lean on each other in hard times." The clip also finds its central characters taking up new hobbies like cooking, random ones like making artisanal hand sanitizer and, uh, also wondering if that cough means you've contracted that disease.
Watch the full clip above. And catch the season premiere of Connecting on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and the next day on Peacock.