UPDATE 8 PM: Netflix just officially announced the renewal. The release is below my original story.
PREVIOUS: I’ve learned that Netflix has renewed Orange Is The New Black ahead of the comedic prison drama’s July 11 premiere on Netflix platforms in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Latin America. The order is for another 13 episodes, matching Orange‘s first season. This represents a major vote of confidence for the show from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan and Lionsgate TV. It is the latest Netflix series to get a second cycle, joining House Of Cards, which had a two-season deal, and Hemlock Grove, which was recently renewed. Netflix also has been exploring another installment of Arrested Development.
Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is The New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and yearlong detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) 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’ ensemble also includes Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.
(Beverly Hills, CA – June 27, 2013) – The Netflix Original Series, “Orange is the New Black,” the comedic drama set in a women’s prison from creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”) will return with a second season on Netflix in 2014.
Produced by Lionsgate Television, the hour-long series starring Taylor Schilling, and based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, is set to debut its first 13-episode season on Thursday, July 11 at 12:01 AM PDT in all territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.
“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.”
“I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence,” said series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan.
“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.”
The second season of “Orange is the New Black” is set to begin production later this summer.
“Orange is the New Black” is executive produced by Kohan. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television for Netflix.