Orange is the New Black, the surprise hit series on Netflix, picked up twelve nominations at the Emmy Awards last month in a wide range of categories: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Lead Actress. The latter Emmy nod went to Taylor Schilling, who starts in the cutting-edge show as Piper Chapman, an upper-middle-class woman from New York whose past catches up with her when she receives a sentence of 15 months in a federal women’s prison for a drug deal that took place 10 years earlier. Piper, who is bisexual, had delivered drug money to her girlfriend, a smuggler named Alex. Needless to say, Piper, who in her normal life shops at Whole Foods and favors Toms shoes, has some adapting to do when she hits prison. To make matters even more interesting, she’s joined there by Alex (who’s played by Laura Prepon), and the enforced reunion allows the former couple to look back at their relationship.
Orange Is the New Black turned out to be a huge success when it made its debut on Netflix last summer. The second season, which aired in June of this year, only added to the series’ popularity. The show has attracted more viewers than Netflix’s other hit show, House of Cards. The show is based on a memoir called Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, written by Piper Kerman, who did indeed go to jail for a drug deal that caught up with her, forcing her to leave her job, her boyfriend, and her family behind. Providing a remarkable look at life in a women’s prison, the book has become a bestseller.
The show’s many fans will be happy to know that Orange Is the New Black has been picked up for a third 14-episode season on Netflix. Big rumors are already swirling about new plot twists and character developments among the inmates of the fictional prison. Orange Is the New Black has been praised for its diverse cast of characters. The show features a transgender woman named Sophia, who is played by Laverne Cox. Cox picked up a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for her performance on the show. With its darkly fascinating storyline and unique mix of comedy and drama, Orange Is the New Black seems destined for longevity on Netflix. Stay tuned for updates on season three.