New Trailer for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Season 2; Cast Tries to Sum up New Season in 3 Words

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Netflix has released a new Orange Is the New Black season 2 trailer.  For those unfamiliar with the terrific series, it takes place inside a women’s prison, and although the “main character” is a socialite incarcerated for an old crime, the supporting cast is just as interesting (and in some cases, more so).  If you’ve seen season one, this trailer will get you even more pumped for what’s coming up.  Set aside some binge-watching time.  Additionally, there’s also a brief featurette where the cast tries to sum up their thoughts on the new season in only three words.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and featurette.  The show stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone, and Lorraine ToussaintOrange Is the New Black returns with all 13 episodes on June 6th.

First Images from Season 2 of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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Because of David Fincher and a top-notch cast, House of Cards received plenty of attention before it was even released, and it managed to mostly live up to the hype.  But Netflix had a sleeper hit last year with their original series Orange Is the New Black.  Perhaps it was because I was never a fan of creator Jenji Kohan’s previous series, Weeds, but I was surprised by the enthusiastic buzz OITNB received, and it became an unexpected binge watch for me.  Now I’m excited for season two, and the first images from the new season have gone online.  The new images highlight both the dramatic side with the aftermath of Piper’s violent confrontation as well as the comic aspects with the inmates dressed up for a mock job fair.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  All 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black will be released on Netflix on June 6th.

First Trailer for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Season 2; Netflix Sets June 6th Premiere Date

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While you may be busy binging the second season of Netflix’s wonderfully addictive drama series House of Cards this weekend (helluva first episode, no?), the streaming service has also dropped the first trailer and release date for its other wildly popular original series Orange Is the New Black.  The first season was a very pleasant surprise last year, as Jenji Kohan’s (Weeds) dramatic comedy series nearly eclipsed Netflix’s more high profile debuts of House of Cards and Arrested Development.  For those unfamiliar, the show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman and revolves around an engaged Brooklynite who ends up serving a year-long detention in a federal prison.  This season two trailer is very much a teaser, but those itching to see the first footage from the new episodes should be sufficiently pleased.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  All 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black season two will be released on Netflix Friday, June 6th.  The series stars Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, and Jason Biggs.

2014 PaleyFest Lineup Includes LOST 10th Anniversary Reunion, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Farewell, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, VEEP, and More

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The Paley Center has announced the initial lineup for the 31st Annual Paley Television Festival, which honors the best in television with enlightening and entertaining panels for various TV shows.  The headliner this year seems to be a 10th anniversary reunion panel for Lost, which is sure to be a fascinating watch.  Also part of the lineup is a farewell panel for How I Met Your Mother, a reunion for the cast of Veronica Mars, and panels for current series Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Veep, Masters of Sex, Community, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for PaleyFest 2014, which will be held in Los Angeles March 13-28th.  For ticketing information, click here.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 New TV Series of 2013

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Whether you subscribe to the idea of a “Second Golden Age” of television or not, there’s no denying that 2013 was a great year for TV.  Outstanding, even, because for all of the trash there were so many treasures.  Hit the jump for the first batch of treasure: a look back at the best new series from this year (in no particular order, and miniseries are saved for another list), which are all worth binge-watching to catch up with in preparation for their second seasons in 2014, if you haven’t indulged already.

AFI Announces Top 10 Films and TV Shows of 2013; List Includes GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and WOLF OF WALL STREET

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This weekend we saw three more critics groups announce awards for the 2013 movie season, and now it’s the American Film Institute’s turn.  Today, AFI unveiled its Top 10 films and TV shows of the year, and the film list includes Oscar frontrunners Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as well as burgeoning contenders like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Her.  Over on the TV side of things, usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad made the cut, but so did Netflix’s original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black as well as Showtime’s Masters of Sex and ABC’s smash hit Scandal.  The sole comedy on the list of HBO’s excellent Veep.

Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10 lists for movies and television.

Kristen Wiig is in Talks for NASTY BABY; Sam Trammell Finds THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and Laura Prepon Breaks Out of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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Today’s casting news includes two new additions and one surprise exit:

  • Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) is in talks to join writer-director Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby, a Brooklyn-set drama centering on a gay couple’s attempt to have a baby through a surrogate.
  • Sam Trammell (True Blood) joins Josh Boone’s adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
  • In a surprise exit move, Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) will depart the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black after completing her character’s arc, with the possibility to return but not as a series regular.

Hit the jump for more on each casting story.

THE COLLISION: Episode 55 – The New Business Model of Television

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by our TV editor Allison Keene to talk about the new business model of television.  Specifically, we talk about the rise of Netflix, the pros and cons of “a la carte” program bundles, the competition between broadcast, cable, and premium networks, streaming channels developing original content, and much more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Comic-Con and The Wolverine), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Natasha Lyonne Talks Netflix Series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Why Women Will Respond to the Show, the Future of TV, and More

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From Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit comedy series Weeds, comes the 13-episode dramedy, Orange is the New Black, available through Netflix on July 11th.  Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the series stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with international drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in federal prison.  Piper trades her comfortable New York life with her fiancé (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit, and is quickly forced to question everything she knows while she serves her time, surrounded by an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.

At the show’s press day, actress Natasha Lyonne (who plays quick-witted, recovering heroin addict, Nicky Nichols) talked about why she likes the Netflix format, how much she was told about her character when she was cast, what it’s like to shoot the prison group scenes, and why she thinks women will respond to this show.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Taylor Schilling Talks ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Talking to Her Real-Life Counterpart, the Prison Experience, Graphic Sex Scenes, and More

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From Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit comedy series Weeds, comes the 13-episode dramedy, Orange is the New Black, available through Netflix on July 11th.  Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the series stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with international drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in federal prison.  Piper trades her comfortable New York life with her fiancé (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit, and is quickly forced to question everything she knows while she serves her time, surrounded by an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.

During both a roundtable interview at the show’s press day and a conference call to promote the series, actress Taylor Schilling talked about what attracted her to this particular project, what a different experience this has been from her last show, which was on network television, how freeing it was to wear the prison jumpsuit, getting to talk to the real Piper, what has most surprised her about the prison experience, doing graphic sex scenes, and how excited she is that the show has already been picked up for Season 2.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Laura Prepon Talks ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Joining the Series, Preparing for the Role, Graphic Sex Scenes and the Freedom of Wearing a Prison Jumpsuit

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From Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit comedy series Weeds, comes the 13-episode dramedy, Orange is the New Black, available through Netflix on July 11th.  Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the series stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with international drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in federal prison.  Piper trades her comfortable New York life with her fiancé (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit, and is quickly forced to question everything she knows while she serves her time, surrounded by an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.

At the show’s press day, actress Laura Prepon talked about how she came to be playing Alex, what she did to prepare for this role, that’s unlike any character she’s played before, how cool it is to learn the unexpected backstories of the characters on the show, how difficult it is to do the graphic sex scenes, one of her most memorable moments this season, how freeing it is to wear a prison jumpsuit every day, getting to work with Jodie Foster, who directed an episode, and why she likes the Netflix format.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Creator Jenji Kohan Talks ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Her Research Into Prison Life, and Graphic Sex Scenes

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From Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit comedy series Weeds, comes the 13-episode dramedy, Orange is the New Black, available through Netflix on July 11th.  Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the series stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with international drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in federal prison.  Piper trades her comfortable New York life with her fiancé (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit, and is quickly forced to question everything she knows while she serves her time, surrounded by an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.

During both a roundtable interview at the show’s press day and a conference call to promote the series, show creator Jenji Kohan talked about why she wanted to do this project at Netflix, why the book appealed to her, how much research she did into prison life, getting to explore so many different types of women, why she wanted to include humor in the story, the graphic sex scenes, how Jodie Foster ended up directing an episode, the Regina Spektor theme song, her reaction to already being picked up for Season 2, and the other shows she’s currently developing, including a pilot at HBO.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Kate Mulgrew Talks Netflix Series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Working with Creator Jenji Kohan, Finding the Right Russia Accent, and More

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From Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan, creator of the hit comedy series Weeds, comes the 13-episode dramedy, Orange is the New Black, available through Netflix on July 11th.  Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the series stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an engaged Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with international drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in federal prison.  Piper trades her comfortable New York life with her fiancé (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit, and is quickly forced to question everything she knows while she serves her time, surrounded by an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.

At the show’s press day, actress Kate Mulgrew (who plays tough Russian prison chef Galina “Red” Reznikov) talked about how much she knew about her character’s backstory when she was cast, that she didn’t want her character to ever be dull, the research she did for the role, finding the right Russian accent, her favorite scene this season, working with show creator Jenji Kohan, and why she thinks the Netflix format is so popular.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Netflix Renews ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK for Season 2; ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND Order Extended

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Netflix is certainly hitting the ground running with regards to its foray into the original series game.  House of Cards was the big gamble earlier this year, and it paid off in spades.  The new season of Arrested Development was subsequently a success as well, and now Netflix is ordering a second season of the comedy series Orange Is the New Black before the first season has been released.  From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, the show stars Taylor Schilling as a Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with a drug-runner (Laura Prepon) lands her in a federal penitentiary.  The first trailer was incredibly promising, and Netflix has announced that a second season of the series will debut in 2014.  All 13 episodes of season one will be available on Netflix starting July 11th.

Additionally, ABC has extended the order for its spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland from 13 episodes to an unknown quantity that’s less than 22.  Originally intended as a one-off limited series, the network is now mulling over the idea of turning Wonderland into an anthology.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for WEEDS Creator Jenji Kohan’s New Netflix Series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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The first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming comedy series Orange Is the New Black has been released online.  From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, the show stars Taylor Schilling as a Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with a drug-runner (Laura Prepon) lands her in a federal penitentiary.  The show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, and this debut trailer is incredibly promising.  The perfect blend of dark comedy and drama that Kohan displayed in the early seasons of Weeds is on full display here, as we see Schilling’s character adjusting to her new life in prison.  I’m encouraged by the fact that Kohan doesn’t go for the easy “rich white lady in jail” jokes, and instead displays a sharp wit with a surprising amount of heart.  Moreover, it’s nice to see a female-driven TV series that doesn’t revolve around the protagonist’s relationship with men.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The show also stars Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Pablo Schreiber, Danielle Brooks, Matt McGorry, Laverne Cox, and Taryn Manning.  All 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black will premiere on Netflix on July 11th.

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