With the second season of the Netflix original series House of Cards set to premiere over Valentine’s Day weekend, fans of the streaming service’s other hugely popular and critically acclaimed series, Orange is the New Black, are wondering when they will be able to binge on that show’s second season. For now, the release date is uncertain, with some reports saying that it will come out sometime this spring.
One thing fans of the dramedy set in a women’s prison can take solace in for the time being is writer Jenji Kohan’s confirmation that actress Laura Prepon will be appearing in “most” of the show’s second season after various reports came out that Prepon, who had only signed a one-year contract, would only be appearing in one episode to wrap up her character Alex Vause’s storyline.
“Yes, yes, she is coming back,” Kohan told Us Magazine on the former That 70′s Show actress at the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday. “Not the whole season, but … you’ll see her for most of it.”
Kohan has said in the past that both herself and the show’s viewers are becoming more interested in the show’s many characters and that future seasons will not focus so heavily on the Piper/Alex/Larry love triangle that was the central conflict driving much of season one. “It’s becoming much more of an ensemble,” Kohan said to TV Guide in the fall. “As much as I love Piper and Taylor and her journey, I think people are interested in everybody’s journey.”
Orange is the New Black has gotten rave reviews and gathered a ravenous fan base with its first season. The show is adapted from the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman and focuses on the experience of an affluent woman who is sentenced with 15 months in prison for a crime she committed 10 years prior. In particular, the show has been lauded for its portrayal of diverse women and LGBTQ issues.
“Watching the show, one begins to realize that all the good parts for women truly have been kept locked up somewhere; now, here they all are, free (in at least one sense) to be portrayed. Within the first six episodes, they are expertly and fully sketched, textured and realized: Latinas, lesbians, an activist nun, a fireman who transitioned into a woman, a housekeeper-turned-murderer, a Russian inmate (Kate Mulgrew) who runs the kitchen,” said a rapturous review from Washington Post critic Hank Stuever.
Piper, played by actress Taylor Schilling, is yanked from her upper-middle class life with fiancee Larry, played by Jason Biggs, when she must serve a prison sentence for smuggling drug money for her former girlfriend, Alex Vause. The three become involved in a love triangle when Piper finds herself in the same prison where Alex is serving her sentence for her part in the drug ring. As the series continues, more time is given to pursuing the stories of the other inmates, so moving away from the love triangle is a natural shift for the series, although the thought of losing Alex’s character completely was certainly upsetting to fans.
With shooting for the second season having recently finished, fans are eager for the next season of the show, which will debut on Netflix in its entirety sometime in 2014.
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