Netflix exceeded all expectations when “House of Cards” became the streaming content provider’s first original series offering. They followed that massive success up later in 2013 with another original series, a quirky comedy-drama called “Orange Is the New Black.” Starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael J. Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew and Jason Biggs, the series tells the story of a bisexual woman (Schilling) who receives a 15-month prison sentence for transporting drug money to her ex-girlfriend (Prepon). The series deals with their relationship after being reunited in prison, as well as their dealings with other inmates. When the series begins, 10 years have passed since Piper’s arrest, with flashbacks being used to fill in the gaps.
The second season is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on June 6. However, fans of the show received more good news recently when Laura Prepon revealed via Instagram that the show will indeed return for a third season next year. She dropped the bombshell by posting a photo containing a list of possible names for the third season. Shortly after Prepon’s Instagram message went viral, Netflix confirmed that season three of “Orange Is the New Black” has officially been greenlit. However, they will not be releasing a statement on the matter.
The show has been widely supported by GLAAD and the entire LGBT community as a whole for its portrayal of a lesbian relationship as the focal point of the show. In fact, the announcement of the show’s renewal came immediately following its win for outstanding comedy at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. This award recognizes the positive manner in which the show represents LGBT issues. Along with the lesbian relationship between the two lead characters, there is also a character named Sophia who is transgender, played by Laverne Cox.
Along with quickly developing many devoted fans, the series debuted to an onslaught of critical acclaim. Many of the critics have pointed out their admiration for the show’s black humor, diverse assortment of characters and its interesting use of flashbacks to propel the narrative. Earlier this year, Netflix also announced that “House of Cards” will be returning for a third season in 2015.