Netflix Renews 'Orange Is the New Black'

Orange is the New Black Netflix Key Art - P 2013

Orange is the New Black Netflix Key Art - P 2013

Netflix has renewed Orange Is the New Black, weeks ahead of the series' launch.

The streaming service has ordered 13 more episodes of the Lionsgate TV production for a second season, a Netflix source confirms.

From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan and based on Piper Kerman's memoir, the dark comedy stars Taylor Schilling as a Brooklyn resident named Piper who winds up behind bars after her decade-old personal and business relationship with drug runner Alex (Laura Prepon) comes to light.

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The ensemble cast also includes Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew and Pablo Schreiber.

The 13-episode first season will debut in all territories where Netflix is available, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics at 12:01 a.m. PT
on July 11.

The news comes weeks after Netflix gave horror-thriller Hemlock Grove a second season, ordering 10 more episodes for the Eli Roth produced series. Production is already under way for the second season of House of Cards.