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Mary Steenburgen to join cast of 'Orange is The New Black'

Actress Mary Steenburgen attends the Annenberg Space for Photography Opening Celebration for 'Country, Portraits of an American Sound' at the Annenberg Space for Photography on May 22, 2014 in Century City, California.
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"Orange is The New Black" just released season 2 for all to binge watch on Netflix. The Netflix original series has been a smash hit and fans can't wait to get more. Those who waited patiently for season 2 to be released were able to catch up on life inside Litchfield Penitentiary on June 6 when thirteen more episodes dropped and now that the marathon is over, the wait for season 3 begins. According to E! Online on Friday, the crew of "Orange is The New Black" will be getting a new and interesting character played by Mary Steenburgen.

The Netflix original series is in production now for season 3 so details are starting to leak. Mary Steenburgen's addition to the cast is one of those details and she broke the news via Twitter. Steenburgen tweeted about her excitement to be part of the cast. She said, "Very excited to go to my first wardrobe fitting of OITNB! Will I be in orange or black?:)"

Steenburgen will be joining a very large and impressive ensemble cast that includes the lead Taylor Schilling as well as Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne and Kate Mulgrew. There have been reports that Laura Prepon will be back for "Orange is The New Black" season 3 as an inmate again.

So where does Mary Steenburgen fit in? Is she going to be a prison guard or an inmate? We're guessing the Academy Award winning actress will be a new inmate for season 3, giving the story line a new arc. With most of the inmates stories having been told, the Netflix dramedy will need a new direction. Steenburgen has the acting chops to play a perfect conflicted, middle aged inmate.

Mary Steenburgen is married to actor Ted Danson. Most recently Steenburgen has starred in the television series "Justified" and also had notable roles on "Wilfred," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "30 Rock."

What do you think of Mary Steenburgen joining "Orange is The New Black" for season 3? Do you think she'll be an inmate or employee (or possibly some other role)? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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