Netflix gives Orange 2 the greenlight

Orange-is-the-New-BlackStreaming service Netflix has given the go-ahead to a second season of Orange is the New Black, the Jenji Kohan-created series about a female Brooklynite imprisoned for drugs offences.

The first season of the show is set to launch across all territories where Netflix operates – the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America and the Nordics – on July 11.

“Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we’re eager to get a second season to our viewers,” said Cindy Holland, VP, original content, Netflix.

The show, which Lionsgate Television produces with Kohan (Weeds) as executive producer, is based on memoirs of Piper Chapman, whose relationship with a drug runner landed her in jail, where she met an eclectic mix of inmates.

Production on the new season begins later this summer.