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Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’ renewed for third season


orange is the new black castOrange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman‘s memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, about her experiences in prison.  The second season premiered on June 6, 2014 at 3:00 am EDT. The series has been renewed for a third season

Cast of Characters

Actor Character
Taylor Schilling Piper Chapman
Laura Prepon Alex Vause
Michael J. Harney Sam Healy
Michelle Hurst Miss Claudette Pelage
Kate Mulgrew Galina “Red” Reznikov
Jason Biggs Larry Bloom
Uzo Aduba Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
Danielle Brooks Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
Natasha Lyonne Nicky Nichols
Taryn Manning Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
Yael Stone Lorna Morello
Samira Wiley Poussey Washington
Dascha Polanco Dayanara “Daya” Diaz
Selenis Leyva Gloria Mendoza
Adrienne C. Moore Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes
Nick Sandow Joe Caputo


In Orange is the New Black, Black women and brown women are normalized as prison inmates.  Similarly as most reality shows  depict Black women as uneducated,hyper sexual, violent and attitudinal.Orange-Is-The-New-Black-Cast2


The series proves to be a fan favorite according to HitFix TV Critic Alan Sepanwall. Alan says

“The first six episodes of “Orange” season 2 wonderful. In many ways, they’re better than their counterparts from the first season, because Jenji Kohan has a better sense of the stories, characters and actors she has on hand, and can deploy them in even more effective fashion.

There are  criticisms to the show and elements that depict the mass criminalization of minorities in America, especially Blacks and Latinos.  The  narrative seems to popularize the experience of people of color in prison and suggests that in order to change the perceptions of black female inmates a white women of privilege should be the trojan horse for black and brown women in prison in Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling).

The narratives suggest that the underlying framework is with the because there is a white woman at the center of  no and fictionalizing the experiences of people of color in prison.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s chief TV critic Tim Goodman says in his review that in season one, “what separated Orange Is the New Black was the vast and talented cast, the multitude of characters who crossed races, age, sexual preference, weight, education and world perspectives in a drastic, enthralling cross-pollination that never let the series grow stale and, strangely, made it more compelling each hour.” (Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/orange-is-new-black-season-709942)

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