Netflix has extended the sentence of Jenji Kohan's new series before it has even begun.
Ahead of the July 11th debut of "Orange Is The New Black," the streaming service announced that it would commission an additional 13 episodes.
"We’re enormously proud of the brilliant work of Jenji, the cast and the entire production team," said Kevin Beggs, president, Lionsgate Television Group, "and we’re delighted about this early second season renewal. Netflix has been a great partner on this series and we look forward to our continuing collaboration."
The series is the latest project from "Weeds" creator Kohan, based on Piper Kerman's memoir "Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison." Taylor Schilling ("Atlas Shrugged") stars as a Brooklyn woman whose regular life is thrown into disarray when she winds up behind bars thanks to a decade-old relationship with a drug runner. Presumably, the early renewal means that our female protagonist doesn't get out early due to good behavior. Schilling is joined by co-stars Laura Prepon ("That '70s Show"), Jason Biggs ("American Pie") and Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek Voyager").
Earlier in June, Deadline reported that Netflix executives were extremely high on the new series. Clearly with such an early renewal, Netflix is banking on this being a huge boon to its original series development.