How is this for a vote of confidence? Netflix has renewed Orange is the New Black... before airing a single episode!
Set inside a women's prison and based on real-life events, the comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan will premiere Thursday, July 11. But Netflix is clearly very impressed with what it has seen of the 13 episodes, all of which will be released at once.
“Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we’re eager to get a second season to our viewers,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix.
The series stars Taylor Schilling in the lead role and is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, a woman sentenced to time behind bars for a drug-related offense.
“We’re enormously proud of the brilliant work of Jenji, the cast and the entire production team,” said Kevin Beggs, president, Lionsgate Television Group. "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.”
Production on Season 2 will begin this summer, with those new episodes hitting Netflix in 2014.