Netflix has renewed their original comedy series Orange Is The New Black for a second season. The renewal comes ahead of the series launch on the OTT service on July 11th, when all 13 episodes from the show’s first season will be made available to Netflix subscribers in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics. Production on the show’s second season is slated to commence this Summer for a 2014 premiere.
Created by Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman, Orange Is The New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex 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 fiance Larry 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 is produced by Lionsgate TV and stars Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.
“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”, said Kevin Beggs, President of Lionsgate Television Group. “Netflix has been a great partner on this series and we look forward to our continuing collaboration.”
Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix commented: “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we’re eager to get a second season to our viewers.”
While series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan added: “I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence.”