‘Orange Is the New Black’ Renewed for Season 3

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In decidedly unsurprising, yet still welcome news, Netflix has renewed its hit prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black for a third season. The 13-episode order comes one month prior to season 2′s debut on the popular streaming service, mirroring the pre-renewal of fellow Netflix series House of Cards that took place prior to February’s launch of its second season.

While Netflix doesn’t publicly release exact viewing data for its original programs, reports have pegged Orange Is the New Black as the streaming giant’s most watched show, eclipsing even the slightly more critically beloved Cards for that honor. In that respect, there was never really any doubt that OITNB would get picked up for another season, it was really just a matter of getting all the T’s crossed and all the I’s dotted.

One thing that wasn’t certain until just recently was whether series co-star Laura Prepon would be returning to the regular rotation. Prepon’s Alex Vause was one of the most featured cast members during season 1, primarily due to her sometimes rocky relationship with focus character Piper Chapman.

Prepon disappointed many by initially bowing out almost entirely from season 2, at first agreeing to appear in only one episode. Thankfully for fans, Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan was able to work out an expanded arrangement with the former That 70′s Show star, and Prepon eventually ended up signing on for four episodes out of the soon to premiere second season.

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As of April, it has been confirmed that Prepon will indeed return to series regular status for season 3. In fact, it was Prepon herself that first broke the news of Orange Is the New Blacks renewal – with a caption on Instagram:

Netflix has since backed up Prepon’s statement.

One might be tempted to point out that this indirectly spoils whether Alex will live or die during season 2, but it’s not like OITNB is a real death-heavy show (although some of the inmates at Litchfield might wish they were dead at various points).

With March’s announcement that Orange Is the New Black will compete at the Emmys as a comedy, Netflix finds itself in the enviable position of possibly winning the awards for ‘Best Comedy” and “Best Drama” in the same year. House of Cards is considered a strong contender for the drama crown, while OITNB is a virtual shoo-in for at least a nomination in the comedy category.

Cards already holds the distinction of being the first non-TV series to win a major Emmy award, so if Netflix wins one or both of the big categories, this could really spell a changing of the guard for the biggest ceremony in small-screen entertainment.


Orange Is the New Black season 2 premieres Friday, June 6 on Netflix.

Source: Variety

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  1. Thanks for season 3..I wonder who to write to in order to bring this show back please keep this show going for season 4..5..6 etc..

  2. I have just finished season 2 watched all 26 episodes in 4 days couldn’t stop watching the show now can’t wait for season 3 wonder if V is still alive if Rose actually got away so intense ny new found of love could do without all the foreplay in the show but other then that love it

    • Thanks for spoiling the end for me

      • why would you read the comments on an article about season 3 if you don’t want to be spoiled?

    • @Angela I have just finished all 2 season in 3 days lol I am really glad you did the same thing! :)

  3. Can someone tell me what this sentence means?

    “The 13-episode order comes one month prior to season 2′s debut on the popular streaming service, mirroring the pre-renewal of fellow Netflix series House of Cards that took place prior to February’s launch of its second season.”

    • it means, season 3 was renewed and will most likely have 13 episodes. it was renewed even before they started showings for season 2, and pretty much the same situation happened when netflix renewed house of cards

  4. Hi,
    Will Jason Biggs be in Season 3 ??

  5. When does season 3 start?

    • Anxiously awaiting an answer to you question. Anybody?

      • Oops …*your

    • Just announced by Netflix that Season 3 starts streaming June 12th, 2015

  6. Please keep the show forever. So addicting, I love the show. Alex V is so damn hot.

  7. I love season one & two. my favorites are DAYA, JANAE, & ALEX. You should really include Janae (Vicky jeudy) way more in the show. :)

  8. I cannot get enough of this show! Next to House of Cards, it is my fav!!!!!!! I could watch it for hours! Never dull, etc.! Jenji is an amazing writer! Hurry up Season 3!!!! I need my Orange!!!!

  9. I love this show so so much! I feel like I’m going through withdrawals without another episode to keep me going. Please please keep it going. I cannot wait for a new season

  10. This is such a fantastic show, thank you for the article. Does anyone really know the release date yet? I’ve heard June 6th, 2015 and I’ve also heard July 10th, 2015 but neither are “official”. Getting withdrawls and I’m addicted like so many others. If anyone is interested, we have a Facebook group for OITNB – it’s 18 yrs and up. If interested send a request to us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeLoveOITNB/

  11. I have been waiting for Season Three for months!! This is torture! Did Rose really kill herself, or did she get away or get caught!? Is Alex going to be mad at Piper, or grateful?? Did V die?? (Hopefully, she was so mean! I love her as an actress though!) Are they going to know that Lorna knowingly gave Rose the keys to the van? Will they get her in more trouble? (like, an accomplice to murder if V is dead? Or just for being an accomplice to a prison break?) I NEED ANSWERS!!! I’ve been waiting for so loonnggg!!

  12. when will season 3 of orange is the new black debut. i am so anxious to see all the episodes but i believe my grandaughter in law will be in one of the episodes.
    could you kindly say when the season starts.

    thank you very much

    i love the show.

    • I heard two different release dates – nothing is official from Netflix yet though…. I’ve heard June 6, 2015 and I’ve also heard July 10th, 2015. But again, no official release date yet from Netflix.

    • Season 3 stream date will be : June 12th 2015 – it was just announced on Netflix

  13. i really love this show! can’t wait to see season 3.
    en Alex Vause, omg she’s so kewl! ^_^
    love her so much en i cant wait to see her regulary in episode 3.

  14. Does it bother anyone else that all of the inmates have perfectly groomed eyebrows?

  15. Love this show but 2 things bugging me.
    1. Alex says she not seen/heard from Piper for 8yrs but earlier Piper said they not seen each other for 5yrs?
    2. Piper is surprised when Alex tells her she is living in Queens but when Piper reads Alex letters to her the address says Queens?

    Have I missed something?

  16. man i love this show i love red, she took an ass whoopin with heart and never spoke a word of who done it thats real rap right there i want her on my side jus sayin no bloody tamp sandwiches for me lol i CANNOT wait for season. 3 counting the days literally. I totally just binge watch it i have seen every episode at least 3 times……..And alex vause man she is so beautiful and so independant cant wait to c her on there again i just cant wait to c how vause is going to react when she finds out piper set her up to get caught awe man the anticipation