Fans of series Orange is the new black were shocked on Friday when the on-line satire newspaper Empire News announced that Netflix had canceled the multi-nominatd show. To add some authenticity to their story they printed an exert from a non-existent press release by Netflix CEO Reed Hasting.
"We regret to inform Netflix members that 'Orange is the New Black' has been permanently cancelled," the site indicated Reed Hastings, the CEO and co-founder of the video streaming network, said in a press release on July 7. The fake press release went on to say, "Also, starting September 1st, 2014, past episodes will no longer be available for streaming on Netflix."
Not long after the story was posted fans were relieved to see a post on the Facebook page of, Kate Mulgrew, one of the shows stars. “Everyone can stop writing me and breathe easy. #OITNB HAS NOT been cancelled. It's renewed for a 3rd season which is currently in production. The website reporting the story is a hoax.”
Orange is the new Black debuted on the video streaming service last year and quickly became a fan favorite and a hit with critics. The series is based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman who was sentenced to 15 months in a woman’s minimum security prison after being implicated in drug smuggling ring. While in prison she must deal with her lesbian girlfriend that implicated her and everyday prison life.
Since leaving prison Ms. Kerman has turned her life around and is now vice president for a Washington-based communication firm that works with foundations and non-profits. Ms. Kerman also serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association. Earlier this year Ms. Kerman was honored by the John Jay College Center on media, crime & justice when she received the Justice Trailblazer Award.