A critically acclaimed and wildly popular original series running on Netflix will be back for three more seasons. The streaming service announced that it has renewed “Orange Is the New Black” for seasons five, six and seven.
The show’s creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan will also be back as showrunner for all three seasons.
Netflix and producer Lionsgate announced the news today. The show’s fourth season is scheduled to premiere Friday, June 17.
In the announcement, Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, said: “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them.”
Kohan added: “Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting.”
The series stars a diverse and award-winning ensemble of women including Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez, along with Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. The show is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.