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As of 2016, Orange Is the New Black was Netflix's most-watched as well as its longest-running original series. It was widely acclaimed throughout its run, and received many accolades. For its first season, the series garnered 12 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three. A new Emmy rule in 2015 forced the series to change categories from comedy to drama. For its second season, it received four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Orange Is the New Black is the first series to score Emmy nominations in both comedy and drama categories. The series also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.
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Laura Prepon and Yael Stone were next to join the series, as Alex Vause and Lorna Morello, respectively. Abigail Savage, who plays Gina, and Alysia Reiner, who plays Fig, had auditioned for role of Alex Vause. Prepon initially auditioned for Piper Chapman, however Kohan felt she would not worry about her [in prison], noting a "toughness and a presence to her that wasn't right for the character." Kohan instead gave her the role of Alex. Stone had originally auditioned for the role of Nicky Nichols, but she was not considered "tough enough" for the character; she was asked to audition for Lorna Morello instead. Likability was important for Morello, whom casting director Jen Euston deemed "a very helpful, nice, sweet Italian girl." Natasha Lyonne was to audition for Alex, but was asked to read for the character Nicky Nichols; "[Kohan knew] she could do Nicky with her eyes closed. She was perfect," said Euston. Laverne Cox, a black transgender woman, was cast as Sophia Burset, a transgender character. The Advocate touted Orange Is the New Black as possibly the first women-in-prison narrative to cast a transgender woman for this type of role. Uzo Aduba read for the part of Janae Watson but was offered the character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren. Taryn Manning was offered the role of Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett. This American Life host Ira Glass was offered a role as a public radio host, but he declined. The role instead went to Robert Stanton, who plays the fictional host Maury Kind.
The first season received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gave it a weighted average score of 79/100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating favorable reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, season one has a 95% approval rating based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. The site's critical consensus is "Orange Is the New Black is a sharp mix of black humor and dramatic heft, with interesting characters and an intriguing flashback structure."
Netflix is famously tight-fisted when it comes to offering up viewership data about its original series. But execs with the streaming giant have repeatedly confirmed that OITNB is its most-watched original series. That has been backed up by the efforts of outside measurement companies to track viewing in the Netflix eco-system.
Orange Is the New Black generated more viewers and hours viewed in its first week than the other top Netflix original series House of Cards and Arrested Development. In October 2013, Netflix stated that the show is a "tremendous success" for the streaming platform. "It will end the year as our most watched original series ever and, as with each of our other previously launched originals, enjoys an audience comparable with successful shows on cable and broadcast TV." As reported in February 2016, Orange Is the New Black remained Netflix's most-watched original series. In 2016, a New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook Likes found that Orange Is the New Black is one of the shows most watched in urban areas, and despite its "minority-rich ensemble cast", the series "appeals more to a white audience".
The series, based on Piper Kerman's acclaimed memoir of the same name, revolves around engaged Brooklynite Piper (Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with a lesbian drug-runner Alex (Prepon) results in her arrest and yearlong detention in Litchfield, a federal prison. She leaves behind a fiance (Jason Biggs) and her upper-middle-class world for orange jumpsuits and a baffling prison culture.
"Working with Jodie was the highlight of my career so far," says Cox. "I grew up watching her work and studying her performances. She was a dream director, so generous and smart and passionate about the work. There was one night we were shooting and between takes she comes out to give adjustments and her eyes were filled with tears. Tanya Wright, who plays my wife, and I had both been crying in the scene. My work brought Jodie Foster to tears. It doesn't get much better than that."
Compared with what I used to do for a living, the assignment from my editors at The Marshall Project was simple: Binge-watch the third season of Orange Is the New Black and tell us what you think. They had two reasons for choosing me. One, I had never seen the show and had no preconceived notions about characters or plot. And two, before I was a reporter, I was a corrections officer.
Streaming guide Reelgood provided Business Insider with a list of TV shows that "Orange Is the New Black" fans are watching, based on data from its users. They include other Netflix favorites like "Glow" and "Ozark," as well as "Killing Eve" and "Better Call Saul."
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The series looks at the brutality of the US prison system - with a bit of touching up to make it more entertaining to watch, of course - and explores issues such as homophobia, sexism, poverty, racism and more broadly, the rampant power struggles that characterise modern day America.
'The Netflix series is an adaptation, and there are tremendous liberties. What that means is that when you watch the show, you will see moments of my life leap off the screen, such as Larry Bloom's proposal to Piper Chapman, [which] is not so very different from the way my husband, Larry Smith, proposed to me.
In addition to this, although the characters themselves are fictional, the scapegoating of black inmates - we won't name who or why, to avoid spoilers - and broader racism that is a key feature of the program is realistic, and draws on stories of real women's plights. Black Lives Matter features in the show as a comfort to those affected by the institutional racism of the criminal justice system, and in real life it works to end injustice towards black people in America.
Then there were Lolly's heartbreaking scenes. Healey's realization of his own failures was hard to watch, but it was Lolly's confused cries as she was taken to Psych that had me tearing up. Again, it's hard to fathom how she was found competent to stand trial, let alone stable enough to warrant prison instead of a hospital.
"So thankful to be back on Broadway and proud to be part of this ensemble for a play that will make you feel, think and LAUGH," Aduda wrote. "Swipe to see a mini reunion with some [orange] ladies. Thank you for showing up and showing out!"
Galina Reznikov, aka Red (played by Kate Mulgrew), runs a tight ship at Litchfield. Until it all falls apart. But watching her dig herself out of (or deeper into?) that hole provides for some intense, on-the-edge-of-your-seat viewing. (Side note: Seeing her in those pastel sweat suits she wore in her former life never gets old.)
Yoga Jones (played by Constance Shulman) provides one of the most heartbreaking moments of the first season. But fun fact: Shulman also voiced Patti Mayonnaise on Doug! Now go back and re-watch the season and every time Yoga Jones starts talking, close your eyes and pretend Patti Mayonnaise wound up in the slammer!
This past summer, millions of fans said goodbye to one of the most popular shows in Netflix history. Orange is the New Black wrapped up its seven-season run of 91 episodes on July 25, 2019. Those who loved the series were sad to see it go and were left with a void to fill. What could they possibly watch next?
This show grabs viewers instantly with a crazy hook and keeps them coming back with plot twists. The real kicker is the work of Maslany. She more than earned her Emmy victory by playing five different main characters. That's not including the smaller supporting roles she took on. Though the women are identical, each has a unique personality and you can tell who is who just by watching Maslany's incredible performance.
It is trademark Jenji Kohan. If you love the combination of dire situations, intense drama, and black comedy of OITNB, then you're sure to love Weeds. Most fans seem to agree that the last few seasons take a dip in quality, but when Weeds was clicking, it was one of the best shows on television.
There is no way that someone can watch Wentworth and not think about Orange is the New Black. It is basically the Australian version of the Netflix series. It even followed a similar pattern in terms of how the show was laid out. Wentworth started with one woman as the main character before growing into an ensemble piece.