The Netflix Original Series, Orange Is the New Black, the comedic drama set in a women's prison from creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan (Weeds) will return with a second season on Netflix in 2014.
Produced by Lionsgate Television, the hour-long series starring Taylor Schilling, and based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, is set to debut its first 13-episode season on Thursday, July 11 at 12:01 AM PDT in all territories where Netflix is available - U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.
Here's what Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, had to say in a statement.
"Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we're eager to get a second season to our viewers."
Series creator Jenji Kohan also released the following statement.
"I am thrilled that Netflix has extended my sentence."
Kevin L. Beggs, president of the Lionsgate Television Group, also released his own statement regarding the renewal.
"We're enormously proud of the brilliant work of Jenji, the cast and the entire production team, and we're delighted about this early second season renewal. Netflix has been a great partner on this series and we look forward to our continuing collaboration."
Orange Is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and 15-month long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. The series' diverse ensemble also includes Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox and Taryn Manning.
The second season of Orange Is the New Black is set to begin production later this summer.
Orange Is the New Black is executive produced by Kohan. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television for Netflix.