Orange is the New Black gets second series

Orange is the new BlackThe comedy drama from Jenji Kohan has been recommissioned before the first season has aired. The first run airs later this month with Netflix announcing further episodes to air in 2014.

The Netflix original Series, Orange is the New Black, set in a women’s prison stars Taylor Schilling and is based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.

The show is set to debut its first thirteen episode run on Thursday, next week in all territories where Netflix is available – the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.

Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we’re eager to get a second season to our viewers, said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.

Orange is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. The series’ diverse ensemble also includes Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.

I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence, we’re enormously proud of the brilliant work of Jenji, the cast and the entire production team,” said Kevin Beggs, president, Lionsgate Television Group, “and we’re delighted about this early second season renewal. Netflix has been a great partner on this series and we look forward to our continuing collaboration. – series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan.

The second season of Orange is the New Black is set to begin production later this summer. Season one premieres Thursday 11th July on Netflix.

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