Between Netflix’s growing corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which includes 2016’s Luke Cage and upcoming second seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones) as well its ever-expanding slate of original programming (with new series like Fuller House premiering on Feb 26 and The Get Down on August 12), the renowned streaming service already has a full schedule. And all that is without mentioning all their other returning series that have also been renewed.
This year will also see the return of Kevin Spacey in season 4 of House of Cards, as President Underwood continues his run of the White House. Yet it’s Netflix’s comedies that have been ruling the airwaves as of late, with Orange is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt getting a lot of buzz and also nominated for Emmys. It’s no surprise, then, that these two series are coming back for new seasons sooner rather than later.
Netflix has revealed during its session of the Television Critics Association winter press tour that a fourth season of Orange is the New Black will premiere on Friday, June 17, preceded by a second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Friday, April 15. To coincide with the announcement, a new teaser (above) for Orange is the New Black welcomes viewers back to Litchfield.
Orange is the New Black is the outrageous, award-winning and critically-acclaimed series from Emmy Award winner Jenji Kohan that takes place at Litchfield Penitentiary. It stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Michael Harney, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Nick Sandow, Samira Wiley, Lea DeLaria, Jackie Cruz, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Adrienne Moore.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as Kimmy, who after living in a cult for fifteen years decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess, also of 30 Rock), and a new beginning. The cast also includes Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda and Emmy winner Carol Kane (Gotham).
Both series have been breakout hits for the network, with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt even getting an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy after Orange is the New Black was ruled to be a drama in 2015. Regardless of where the hour-long dramedy OITNB lands at the award show, you can expect to see a lot of critical acclaim for the series and its fellow Netflix show Kimmy Schmidt in just a few months.
Orange is the New Black will return to Netflix on June 17th, 2016. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 premieres April 15th, 2016.