Netflix has unlocked a premiere date for the sixth season of Orange Is the New Black, the women’s-prison dramedy starring Taylor Schilling. The new episodes — taglined “Bye bye, Litchfield — it’s a whole new world!” — will go live on the streamer on Friday, July 27. Watch a teaser above.
Season 5 took place in over the course of three riot-filled days at Litchfield and ended with a number of the inmates — including Piper (Schilling), Crazy Eyes (two-time Emmy winner Uzo Aduba) and Red (Kate Mulgrew) — awaiting their fate as officers in full battle gear confront them. The Lionsgate-produced series’ large ensemble cast also includes Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and Nick Sandow.
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Netflix signed series creator Jenji Kohan to an exclusive multi-year deal in November. She also created the streamer’s 1980s-set female pro wrestling series GLOW, along with Showtime’s Weeds. She exec produces the series, which helped put Netflix on the original-series map and continues to be one of its most popular shows.
Last year’s Season 5 got off to an inauspicious start as a hacker stole new episodes ahead of their launch and demanded a ransom from Netflix. Calling himself “The Dark Lord,” the hack claimed to have uploaded as many as 10 episodes to the Internet.
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