5:39am PT by Hilary Lewis
Netflix Renews 'Orange Is the New Black' for Three More Seasons
Netflix has renewed Orange Is the New Black for three additional seasons, the streaming service and Lionsgate, which produces the series, announced on Friday.
The fourth season of the prison-set comedic drama, from creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan, will premiere on June 17.
Kohan will continue with OITNB as the series' executive producer and showrunner, it was also announced on Friday.
"Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them,” Netflix's vp original content Cindy Holland said in a statement.
Kohan added: "Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, 'May you lead an interesting life,' is a curse, but I don't live in those cultures. Here's to keeping it interesting. Thanks, Netflix! Both thanks and you're welcome, Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers ... with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!"
Lionsgate TV group chairman Kevin Beggs said: "We’re proud to continue our long-standing relationships with Netflix and the incredibly talented Jenji Kohan and delighted that one of the most acclaimed shows on television will continue on Netflix for three more seasons. Jenji’s brilliant creative vision and a truly amazing cast have catapulted Orange Is the New Black to the forefront of the platinum age of television, and we’re pleased that Orange fans around the world will be rewarded with another three seasons."
The series, based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez, along with Michael Harney and Nick Sandow.
With the renewal news, OITNB has been given the longest commitment of any Netflix original series.
Since premiering in 2013, the show has received critical acclaim as well as numerous awards nominations and wins. OITNB just last weekend nabbed two SAG Awards, with Aduba winning best actress in a comedy series and its cast taking home the prize for best comedy series ensemble, the second year in a row the show has won both awards. The show has also won four Emmys, and received an additional 12 nominations; received four Critics' Choice awards and an additional four nominations; and been nominated for six Golden Globes.
While Netflix famously doesn't release ratings for its series, Holland confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that OITNB was the biggest show on Netflix.
During its Friday morning earnings call, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said OITNB would be "a major driver of our television slate for years to come."