In 1995, Kate Mulgrew boldly went where no woman had gone before, stepping into the role of Starfleet Captain Kathryn Janeway on 'Star Trek: Voyager.' In 2013 she will continue to forge new ground, joining a Netflix original series 'Orange is the New Black,' with Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs and Laura Prepon.
'Orange is the New Black' is based on Piper Kerman's memoir about her year spent in a woman's prison. Sounds like dark material but get this--it is a 13-episide Comedy series from 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan. As news of the casting rolled through TVRage it seemed as though this was going to be the sweetest, least-threatening collection of prison inmates ever assembled on television. Now, with the addition of Mulgrew, it seems they have finally added an actress who can pull off tough-and-tumble and throw some believable punches, if need be (or maybe shank a bitch? Fingers crossed!). Since 'Star Trek: Voyager,' Mulgrew has had recurring roles on 'The Black Donnellys,' 'Mercy' and 'Warehouse 13.'
The perspective of Kerman's book (written after her release from prison, having done time for money laundering and drug trafficking) centres on the absurdity of warehousing hardened criminals together in once place where they will only worsen psychologically and be wasted as human beings. Still doesn't sound particularly humorous to me, but I suppose Kohan has earned a little trust moving forward.
'Orange is the New Black' will be added to Netflix in 2013. Stay tuned to TVRage as further casting develops.