Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black, the newest original series from Netflix, will premiere on July 11.

The new series from Jenji Kohan, best known for her Showtime series Weeds, is based on the novel Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. The series is set to debut on July 11 with all 13 hour-long episodes debuting on the same day, a strategy that has been working for the company.

Orange is the New Black will mark the latest in a string of original content for Netflix Lilyhammer, House of Cards and Hemlock Grove having already premiered, and a fourth season of Arrested Development set to debut on May 26. While second seasons of Lillyhammer and House of Cards already announced, no new series have been announced beyond this latest one, and that could be a bit troubling as Kohan's series was announced all the way back in Nov. 2011 and is just coming to fruition. With lead times such as that, it makes you wonder when we'll be seeing any more new content from the company. Hopefully as Netflix gains more experience the development cycle will shorten, but you still have to wonder what is coming next.

Netflix Original Series "Orange is the New Black" Premieres Thursday, July 11

Taylor Schilling Stars in Series Created by Jenji Kohan, Based on Piper Kerman's Best-Selling Memoir

Apr 30, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Netflix will premiere its upcoming original series "Orange is the New Black" on Thursday, July 11, 2013.  Created by Jenji Kohan ("Weeds"), the comedic drama starring Taylor Schilling is set in a women's prison and is based on the U.S. best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman. All thirteen one-hour episodes in the series from Lionsgate Television will be available at launch.

Netflix members will have access to "Orange is the New Black" 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.

"With 'Orange is the New Black,' Jenji Kohan has created a dramatic yet deeply funny world populated with unforgettable characters and no-holds-barred humor set against the backdrop of a women's prison," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. "Jenji is one of the most fearless voices in television and we are proud to share her uncompromising vision with Netflix members."

"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 year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiance 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' diverse ensemble also includes Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.

"Orange is the New Black" is executive produced by Kohan, who also wrote the first and final episodes of the season. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television for Netflix.