Orange is the New Black, a prison drama based on the memoirs of American writer Piper Kerman, joins House of Cards in the Netflix online exclusive line up.
The show is created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds) and promises to be ‘dramatic yet deeply funny,’ according to Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“With ‘Orange is the New Black’, Jenji Kohan has created a dramatic yet deeply funny world populated with unforgettable characters and no-holds-barred humour set against the backdrop of a women’s prison. Jenji is one of the most fearless voices in television and we are proud to share her uncompromising vision with Netflix members,” said Sarandos.
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Taylor Schilling, who starred opposite Zac Efron in The Lucky One (and in, er, Atlas Shrugged Part I) heads up the cast as Piper Chapman, who finds herself behind bars after selling drugs with her long-time partner Alex (Laura Prepon). Jason Biggs, best known for his work in the American Pie films also stars.
The 13 one-hour episodes will be released on bail on Netflix on July 11. Orange is the New Black joins Arrested Development, House of Cards and Lilyhammer in Netflix’s growing identity parade of online exclusive shows.