Netflix announced in February that “Orange Is the New Black” was renewed for three additional seasons on the popular streaming service. Three seasons! When other shows are struggling to get picked up for a second season or even a full run first season, “Orange is the New Black” flies merrily into the future.
Season 4 of the comedic drama set in a women’s prison will premiere Friday, June 17. Additional seasons 5, 6 and 7 will premiere in future years. If I was on that show right now, I’d be super happy. A job for the next several years!
It was also announced that creator Jenji Kohan has committed to continue as “Orange Is the New Black’s” executive producer and showrunner for seasons 5, 6 and 7. She’s excited, too.
Orange Is the New Black Gets 3 More Seasons on Netflix
“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures,” said Kohan.
She adds, “Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks Netflix! Both thanks and you’re welcome Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers… with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!”
I must admit, though, I’ve started watching the show several times, and can’t seem to get past the first episode. I don’t know why. It’s kind of depressing. But I was that way with “Breaking Bad,” too, and then grew to love that show. I’m guessing if I can get past the first few episodes of “Orange Is the New Black,” I’d be hooked. And I absolutely loved Kohan’s other show, “Weeds.”
Orange Is the New Black – Diverse, Award-Winning Cast
The acclaimed hour-long series stars a diverse and award-winning ensemble of women including Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez, along with Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. The series is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.
Let’s take a look at the first-look images released by Netflix this week. Season 4 delves into the racial and economic tensions that run rampant in the halls of Litchfield. Overrun with new inmates and overseen by inexperienced guards, the prison undergoes an unprecedented culture war.