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Netflix original series 'Orange is the New Black' gets a third season

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On May 5 Variety reported that the Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black" was renewed for a third season, just weeks before the second season is scheduled to debut on instant streaming. The new thirteen episode season will begin production in the fall for a summer 2015 release. Actress Laura Prepon confirmed the news on her official Instagram account by posting a photo of possible episode titles for season three.

The photo includes a white board with episode titles like "Kids: Yum" and "Hot for Janitor" and there are at least sixteen titles listed. Prepon, who plays Alex Vause on the series, made headlines last summer when it was revealed she will have a much smaller role in season two after being a series regular for the first season. She will also return as a series regular for season three. Each episode consists of events that can be related back to the episode title.

The series follows Piper (Taylor Schilling) as she serves her one year sentence for being caught smuggling money for an international drug cartel years earlier with her ex-girlfriend Alex. Piper Chapman is living a happy life in New York City as a small business owner and is engaged to Larry (Jason Biggs) who agrees to wait for her to get out of prison. The series follows how Piper adjusts to life in a minimum security prison in Connecticut and the people she interacts with.

On May 5 Entertainment Weekly posted a photo for the upcoming season, which picks up immediately after the season one finale, with Piper getting into a fight. The second season will be available on June 6 and the third season will debut in June 2015. The series is based on the book "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" by Piper Kerman and each season covers a specific period of time. The first season covered four months of Piper's life and the following seasons will have a similar timeline.

In addition to Prepon, most of the principal casts are returning, including series regulars Michael J. Harney (Sam Healy), Michelle Hurst (Miss Claudette) and Kate Mulgrew (Galina "Red" Reznikov). Characters like Nicky Nichols, Daya Diaz, Tiffany "Pennsatuckey" Doggett, Vee and Crazy Eyes will all have supporting roles. Yoga Jones, Taystee, Big Boo, Tricia Miller, and Sophie Burset. Not many new cast members are expected to be added in the newer seasons. The series is helmed by "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan and was produced by Lionsgate Television and Tilted Productions. The theme song for the series is "You've Got Time," written and performed by Regina Spektor.

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