The female inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary have made a lasting impression on viewers, which is why Netflix chose to extend their character story lines. Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three more seasons, according to Variety. Fans can expect more drama, sex and laughs from the popular series.
Already preparing for the premiere of their fourth season, Orange is the New Black has earned the title of Netflix's most-watched series. The renewal deal includes a commitment from the show's writer and creator, Jenji Kohan, to remain the guiding force in making seasons five, six, and seven a success. Kohan, who also created the hit Showtime comedy-drama Weeds, revealed she is up for the challenge.
"Here's to keeping it interesting," Kohan told Variety. "Thanks Netflix! Both thanks and you're welcome Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers... with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!"
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The news comes fresh off of the series triumphant night at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday (Jan. 30). The show nabbed an award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, while Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) took home the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series award.
This would mark the second year in a row that series won both SAG awards. The show's growth has attracted the eyes of other outlets and networks looking for Kohan to work with them.
"Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt," Netflix's VP of original content, Cindy Holland, said. "Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange Is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them."
Orange is the New Black is scheduled to return to Netflix with season four on June 17.