Netflix gives multi-year greenlight to Orange is the New Black

The comedy will return for a fifth, six and seventh season, giving show creator Jenji Kohan "plenty of time to do some interesting things."
February 5, 2016

One of the crown jewels in Netflix’s slate of originals is coming back for more — a whole lot more.

The SVOD’s multi-award-winning series Orange is the New Black has been renewed for a fifth, sixth and seventh season. Netflix announced the renewal Feb. 5. Creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan will stay on board as showrunner for all three reasons. Orange is the New Black will continue to be available in all of Netflix’s territories, with season four set to drop June 17.

No premiere dates have been announced yet for the upcoming three seasons.

Kohan said in a statement the multi-season greenlight will allow “plenty of time to do some interesting things” with the show. Netflix hasn’t revealed who from the cast, which includes Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and more, will return for its prolonged run.

The renewal comes just days after Orange is the New Black took home two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, one for Aduba’s portrayal of misunderstood inmate Suzanne Warren, and another for the ensemble cast. Both awards were won for the second year in a row.

Aduba, in particular, has had a successful run on the show. Since 2014, she has won two SAG awards and two Primetime Emmys, and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards for her portrayal of Warren.

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