Netflix doesn't play by regular rules. Netflix do what Netflix wanna do! The DVD rental service turned online streaming powerhouse turned television revolutionary has made a bold move that only whippersnappers like Starz are wont to do. Netflix has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new series Orange is the New Black, even though the first season hasn't yet aired. Season 2 is scheduled to launch in 2014.
Whaaaaaaaaat!? Yep, that's what we call a vote of confidence in this industry. Netflix must feel what we've currently only prognosticated from the series' excellent trailer (which I've embedded below). Orange is the New Black comes from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, and the series is an adaptation of the memoir of the same name. It's about a womens' prison, guys! And it looks really good!
Netflix previously ordered a second season of its first original drama, House of Cards, before that show's first season even aired. But that was always in the—ahem—cards, as 26 episodes for two seasons were ordered right off the bat. More recently, Netflix ordered a second season of its horror drama Hemlock Grove, but only after Season 1 aired. The early renewal of Orange is the New Black obviously means Netflix really likes what it sees. Renewals before a show even airs aren't common, but they do happen. Starz, for example, has been quick on the trigger, recently ordering a second season of Boss before its first season ever aired and renewing Da Vinci's Demons after one episode. Boss has since been canceled.
Netflix will release the entire first season of Orange is the New Black on Thursday, July 11.
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