‘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.

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

Source: Variety

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  1. I personally love this show! iv never heard of it, until someone I kn told me to watch it. Iv already watched both seasons waiting on the third. This is by far the best show I have watched, i can watch every episode over and over again.

  2. Love, Love this show!!! I personally hope there will be more and more seasons to come.

  3. when it’s coming season 3 ? does someone knows ? i finished season 2 already :/ Alguien sabe cuando se estrena la temporada 3 ?

    • June 2015 :(

    • Junio 2015

      • Junio 2015

  4. This doesn’t spoil if she dies or not (although she plays a real life character so google could easily tell you that) this show has many flashbacks so even a dead character could show up in a flash back.

  5. The young lady who portrays Crazy Eyes should win an Emmy for her character.

    • Agreed

    • I agree she should win emmy.

  6. Ahhh!! So excited for season 3!! Keep them coming!

  7. Can’t wait for season 3

  8. When does season 3 come out?:/

    • Sometime around June 2015, unfortunately :’(

  9. My mom watches this in the sly. She is scared of being found out by her church and disfellowshipped. :)

    • I am a Christian and I love the show, I don’t go to church and talk about it but I do watch it. I figure as long as I know what is right from wrong and the Lord knows my heart, It’s only a movie. Everybody has their own opinion noone should judge. Tell Mom to enjoy.

  10. I am totally addicted to this show!!! I just got done watching the show from the beginning since I only found out about it when Prepon was on the Today show last week I think. I am very into watching anything that has to do with prison. Its like an obsession with me. I just love these kinds of show’s so I can compare them. Well I have never seen one as good as this. I have been up for 2 days because I can’t stop watching and I am totally serious!!!! I just got done 5 minutes ago and I am so pissed that we have to wait almost an entire year for Season 3. Why so long in between?? Its an awful long wait for us fans. So WTGGG Netflix you just won yourself an Emmy and the actors I can’t decide between ALL of them who should win too because they r AMAZING!!! Ty for 2 days of the best TV I have ever watched!!!!!!

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  12. I just spent the weekend watching the entire series; all I can say is I NEED MORE!!!!! I can’t wait for series 3 to come out; until then I guess I’ll just have to watch series 1 and 2 AGAIN!!!!

    • I’ve just watched the last one and can’t wait either:’(

    • I just watched all of them over three days and then come here to find out the next is not till June 2015!!!! Arghhh so long I can’t wait!

  13. Please please please!!! More Alex and Piper love! Thier perfect couple, understanding relationship. Larry had sex with her best friend! I mean if it was me I’ll forget him and move on with Alex. She’s so cool, pretty, smart, and funny person. I would so totally turn lesbo for her and Piper

  14. Please please please!!! More Alex and Piper love! Thier perfect couple, understanding relationship. Larry had sex with her best friend! I mean if it was me I’ll forget him and move on with Alex. She’s so cool, pretty, smart, and funny person. I would so totally turn lesbo for her and Piper

  15. Ok. So I spent my whole weekend watching this show. Despite the fact that I have had netflix for over 3 years and haven’t watched it in over a year. My mom was watching my subscription introduced me and I was going to cancel it but, I will definitely keep it because, that show was awesome great hit can’t wait for season 3

  16. C’mon season 3………might as well start on season 4.

  17. Are they considering selling season 1 & season 2? They would make GREAT GIFTS

  18. Love it!!
    Can’t wait to watch season 3!!

    • I love the show. I started watching it last week from the beginning and couldnt stop.
      When does season 3 start? Can’t wait to see what happens.
      So happy to see V get hit.

  19. I just cant wait dont know why there waiting so long to put out season 3 but i cant wait. netflix is the s***… oh an daya please ok get over ur self who wants to go to jail

  20. AaaaHhhhh!! a year for season 3 ..nooooooo noooo noooo. binged watched season 1 and 2 . and i’ve recommended too.

    • OMG, I have serious withdrawal from OITNB! If other women don’t at least get their man to watch it too, it’s a shame. This is the beast series I have ever watched. It is SO DIFFERENT than anything I have ever watched. NETFIX, this is a winner. BTW, Mendez made himself so awful, when I saw his face in season 2, I almost wanted to boycott the show! I liked Vee…she kept the element of suprise, but RED is my favorite character.
      More, more, please. You have a gold mine here!

  21. I love this show, actors are amazing, the script is fabulous. I can not wait for season 3 to come out. I am addicted!!!!

  22. I love this show, actors are amazing, the script is fabulous. I can not wait for season 3 to come out. xoxo

  23. I am so ready for season 3 of Orange is the new black, Netflix have some good movies .

  24. I am so glad to hear that laura will be part of season 3, the show wouldn’t be the same without her. I can’t wait to watch the next season. I’m too anxious lol. I hope they surprise us and it comes out sooner than 2015.. i love oitnb!! Especially because of laura prepon!! Xoxo

  25. MENDEZ is back……B***eeees!!!!!! cant wait

  26. MENDEZ is back,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Btihces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait

  27. Only got netflix because a mate said this is really good, now on my last episode can’t wait for season 3

  28. When season 3 of orange of he the black comes back on

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