Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) has been given an early release, or in this case, an early renewal and will return on Netflix for Season 3, its writers confirmed via Twitter Monday. The news of the show’s early pick-up was also confirmed by co-star Laura Prepon on her Instagram page. This is the second time the streaming media original series has been given an early renewal ahead of its premiere. The second season will debut on June 6 on Netflix.
The prison drama is the brainchild of Weeds creator and executive producer, Jenji Kohan, and centers on star Taylor Schilling as a woman who turns herself into authorities and has been sentenced to prison for a decade-old drug smuggling offense. Orange Is the New Black is produced by Lionsgate TV and based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, the author on whom Schilling’s character of Piper Chapman is based. The renewal comes as little surprise, since Kohan along with her cast of rising stars have been told unofficially that the series is Netflix’s biggest hit. However, Netflix does not release ratings figures for its programming, so just how well the series has performed remains unknown.
Given the streaming media giant’s enthusiasm for the show, as well as its critical darling acclaim status, Orange Is the New Black appears to be on solid ground with Netflix as it gets a Season 3 early renewal ahead of its Season 2 June 2014 release date. Additionally, the fans continue to clamor for more of the arresting dramedy featuring Schilling and Prepon as ex-lovers who reconnect while in prison, following their long time personal estrangement and business relationship. It has been announced that Prepon’s role was reduced for the upcoming second season, but the actress is expected to be back as a series regular for Season 3.
Among its other accolades, Orange Is the New Black has just captured its first GLAAD award for outstanding comedy. The dramedy joins a rapidly growing Netflix slate of original series including the announced third season of House of Cards, the resurrected fourth and final season of the former AMC cult hit The Killing, as well as a Kyle Chandler-led family drama from the producers of Damages, among many other offerings. The streaming service is also preparing to venture into Marvel Comics storytelling with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, as well as the miniseries The Defenders.
Orange Is the New Black appears to be on solid ground with Netflix as it gets a Season 3 early renewal ahead of its Season 2 June 2014 release date. The first season of the acclaimed series concluded with Piper several months into her incarceration on drug smuggling charges, her relationships with her fiance, Larry, played by Jason Biggs, and former lover, Alex, played by Prepon, are in shambles, and her life has been placed in serious jeopardy. These circumstances lead to heartbreak, a shocking confrontation, and conclusion that left viewers wanting more and wondering what will happen next. The wait is almost over and questions will be answered as Orange Is the New Black premieres its second season on June 6, only on Netflix. The video clip below includes an official OITNB Season 2 trailer for the upcoming season of the acclaimed series.
Opinion by Leigh Haugh