Netflix renews 'Orange Is the New Black' before first-season debut

Looks like orange will be in season for a while. Netflix has renewed its yet-to-debut prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" for a second season.

Hey, we thought that was Starz's modus operandi!


The 13-episode series, which comes from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan and is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, will hit the Internet on July 11. The second season is expected to get its unveiling on the subscription screening site in 2014.

"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, in a statement.

The Lionsgate series stars Taylor Schilling ("The Lucky One") as engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose brief stint running drug money leads to her serving time in a federal women's prison years later.

"I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence," Kohan said.

"Orange Is the New Black's" renewal puts it in line with its brethren: "House of Cards" started out with a two-season order, and horror drama "Hemlock Grove" was recently renewed for a second season. And, of course, originator "Lillyhammer." There's only one black sheep: the site's highly promoted darling, "Arrested Development." While Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CNBC last month that the company would be interested in commissioning more episodes of the show pending talent availability, nothing has yet been set in stone.

Production on the second season of "Orange Is the New Black" is set to begin later this summer.