Netflix has handed out an early fourth season renewal to prison drama Orange Is The New Black. The fourth season pick up, which is for 13 episodes, comes ahead of the launch of the show’s third season, which is set to premiere globally on Netflix on Friday June 12th.
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 was created by Jenji Kohan and was one of the first Netflix originals (alongside House of Cards) to gain traction with both subscribers and critics. A frequent presence on the awards circuit, Orange Is The New Black is produced by Lionsgate TV and stars Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.
Orange Is The New Black is the latest Netflix original to land a renewal in the past few weeks. Last month, the streaming giant picked up a fourth season of political drama House of Cards for a 13 episode fourth season. They also recently gave the green-light to a supernatural drama series set in the 1980s titled Montauk and a new sketch series from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.