Orange Is the New Black
|Orange Is the New Black|
|Created by||Jenji Kohan|
|Based on||Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
by Piper Kerman
|Theme music composer||Regina Spektor|
|Opening theme||"You've Got Time"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jenji Kohan
Liz Friedman (1 episode)
|Producer(s)||Neri Kyle Tannenbaum|
|Running time||51–92 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lionsgate Television
|Picture format||1080p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service track|
|Original release||July 11, 2013– present|
Orange Is the New Black (often abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, about her experiences in prison. The second season premiered on June 6, 2014 at 3:00 am EDT. The series has been renewed for a third season. On July 10, 2014, the series received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. On March 2, 2015, Netflix announced that season 3 would premiere on June 12, 2015. On April 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, scheduled to air in 2016.
The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman living in New York City, who is sentenced to 15 months in a women's federal prison called Litchfield Penitentiary (operated by the "Federal Department of Corrections", a fictionalized version of the Federal Bureau of Prisons). She has been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler/mule. The offense had occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, and in that time Piper had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York's upper middle class, so her sudden and unexpected arrest seriously disrupts her relationships with her fiancé and her family.
In prison, Piper is reunited with Alex (who named Piper in her trial, resulting in her ex-girlfriend's arrest), and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow prisoners. The show often shows flashbacks of significant events from the past of various inmates. These flashbacks typically explain how the inmate came to be in prison or otherwise further develop the character's backstory.
Cast and characters
|Taylor Schilling||Piper Chapman||Main|
|Michael J. Harney||Sam Healy||Main|
|Kate Mulgrew||Galina "Red" Reznikov||Main|
|Laura Prepon||Alex Vause||Main||Recurring||Main|
|Uzo Aduba||Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren||Recurring||Main|
|Danielle Brooks||Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson||Recurring||Main|
|Natasha Lyonne||Nicole "Nicky" Nichols||Recurring||Main|
|Taryn Manning||Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett||Recurring||Main|
|Selenis Leyva||Gloria Mendoza||Recurring||Main|
|Adrienne C. Moore||Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes||Recurring||Main|
|Dascha Polanco||Dayanara "Daya" Diaz||Recurring||Main|
|Nick Sandow||Joe Caputo||Recurring||Main|
|Yael Stone||Lorna Morello||Recurring||Main|
|Samira Wiley||Poussey Washington||Recurring||Main|
|Jason Biggs||Larry Bloom||Main|||
|Michelle Hurst||Miss Claudette Pelage||Main|
|Laverne Cox||Sophia Burset||Recurring|
|Jackie Cruz||Marisol "Flaca" Gonzalez||Recurring|
|Lea DeLaria||Carrie "Big Boo" Black||Recurring|
|Beth Fowler||Sister Jane Ingalls||Recurring|
|Annie Golden||Norma Romano||Recurring|
|Diane Guerrero||Maritza Ramos||Recurring|
|Vicky Jeudy||Janae Watson||Recurring|
|Emma Myles||Leanne Taylor||Recurring|
|Jessica Pimentel||Maria Ruiz||Recurring|
|Elizabeth Rodriguez||Aleida Diaz||Recurring|
|Barbara Rosenblat||Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros||Recurring|
|Abigail Savage||Gina Murphy||Recurring|
|Constance Shulman||Yoga Jones||Recurring|
|Lin Tucci||Anita DeMarco||Recurring|
|Maria Dizzia||Polly Harper||Recurring|
|Catherine Curtin||Wanda Bell||Recurring|
|Joel Marsh Garland||Scott O'Neill||Recurring|
|Matt McGorry||John Bennett||Recurring|
|Alysia Reiner||Natalie "Fig" Figueroa||Recurring|
|Kimiko Glenn||Brook Soso||Recurring|
|Lorraine Toussaint||Yvonne "Vee" Parker||Recurring|
|Lauren Lapkus||Susan Fischer||Recurring|
|Pablo Schreiber||George "Pornstache" Mendez||Recurring|
|Madeline Brewer||Tricia Miller||Recurring|
|1||13||July 11, 2013|
|2||13||June 6, 2014|
|3||14||June 12, 2015|
In July 2011, it was announced that Lionsgate Television and Netflix were negotiating adding Orange Is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman's memoir, to the Netflix original series lineup. Netflix finalized the deal as a 13-episode straight-to-Web series. Casting announcements began in August 2012, with Taylor Schilling the first to be cast, in the lead role as Piper Chapman, followed by Jason Biggs as Piper's fiancé Larry Bloom.
Laura Prepon and Yael Stone were next to join the series, along with Laverne Cox, an African-American transgender woman, as Sophia Burset, a transgender character. The Advocate touted Orange Is the New Black as possibly the first women-in-prison narrative to cast a transgender woman for this type of role. This American Life host Ira Glass was offered a role as a public radio host, but he declined. The role instead went to Robert Stanton, who plays the fictional host Maury Kind.
The series is set in a fictional prison in Litchfield, New York, which is a real town in upstate New York, but it does not have a Federal Penitentiary. The series began filming in the old Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center in Rockland County, New York on March 7, 2013.
On June 27, 2013, Netflix renewed the show for a second season. On May 5, 2014, Laura Prepon stated that the series had been renewed for a third season. The list of names for the first episode of the Season 3 premiere has been posted, including the title "It's the Great Blumpkin, Charlie Brown!". Netflix has since revealed that Season 3 will begin streaming from June 12, 2015.
The series began airing on broadcast television in New Zealand on TV2 on August 19, 2013 and in Australia on October 9, 2013 on Showcase. The second season began on Showcase on July 16, 2014. The 3rd season will be shown on Netflix on June 12, 2015, along with the first two seasons in Australia and New Zealand.
Orange Is the New Black has received universal acclaim. For Season 1, Metacritic gave it a score of 79/100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 93%, with an average rating of 8.2/10 based on 40 reviews. The site's consensus is "Orange Is the New Black is a sharp mix of black humor and dramatic heft, with interesting characters and an intriguing flashback structure."
Hank Stuever, television critic for The Washington Post, gave Orange Is the New Black a perfect score. In his review of the series, he stated: "In Jenji Kohan's magnificent and thoroughly engrossing new series, Orange Is the New Black, prison is still the pits. But it is also filled with the entire range of human emotion and stories, all of which are brought vividly to life in a world where a stick of gum could ignite either a romance or a death threat." Maureen Ryan, of The Huffington Post, wrote: "Orange is one of the best new programs of the year, and the six episodes I've seen have left me hungry to see more."
The second season of the show was also received with critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 97%, with an average rating of 9.1/10 based on 35 reviews. Metacritic gave the second season a score of 89 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". David Wiegland of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the season a positive review, calling the first six episodes "not only as great as the first season, but arguably better."
The series has been nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Streaming Series and several Writers Guild of America Awards for New Series, Comedy Series, and Episodic Comedy. The series won a 2013 Peabody Award and a Satellite Award for Best Cast in a Television Series.
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