Netflix has given the go-ahead for a second season of Orange is the New Black before the first series has even begun.
The first 13 episodes of the upcoming prison drama debuts on Netflix on July 11 in the UK and Ireland and all other regions where Netflix is available.
Based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black comes from the pen of Jenji Kohan, creator of Weeds. The show promises a no-holds barred look at life in an American women’s prison that’s at turns hilarious, heart warming and dramatic.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Netflix “I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence,” jokes Kohan, who is also series creator and executive producer.
Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix says: “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we’re eager to get a second season to our viewers.”
Orange is the New Black follows Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, spending as year in prison after becoming involved with drug dealing. Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning make up the cast.
Lionsgate Television Group has produced the show for Netflix and its president Kevin Beggs is understandably happy about the prenewal:
“We’re enormously proud of the brilliant work of Jenji, the cast and the entire production team 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.”
Hemlock Grove, another Netflix Original show has recently been renewed for a second season.