Deadline is reporting that Netflix has signed a deal with Jenji Kohan, the creator of the long running Showtime series Weeds for a new 13-episode project based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. This follows the 26-episode order the company placed earlier this year for the Kevin Spacey produced series, House of Cards. Both orders are what are referred to as “straight-to-series” meaning that they are committed to these orders as opposed to the tradition of filming a pilot episode and then deciding if they should go on to series.
There is no word as of yet as to when each series will premiere on Watch Instantly, or how frequently the episodes will be delivered. (Will they come out one episode per week? All of the episodes in a lump? How long will they be available?) Considering the beating the company has taken of late over a lot of missteps, and $100 million tied up in House of Cards alone, you have to imagine that these series will need to begin airing soon to make the investments worthwhile.