Following the success of Netflix’s first original series, House of Cards, the online company is on track to become serious competition for major networks like Showtime and HBO this summer. With big plans to revolutionize the way we watch TV, the site has promised five new original series each year moving forward.
Before the site’s too-big-to-fail debut of Arrested Development this weekend, Netflix has already set a premeire date for the next in line, a new comedic drama titled Orange is the New Black. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is The New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison, the show will follow a lofty New York woman (Taylor Schilling) as she faces a yearlong prison sentence for her involvement in a drug-running operation.
Slated for a July 11 premiere, the show’s star-studded team is a safe bet that it’ll be a raging success. Penned by Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, the series will also star recognizable faces like American Pie‘s Natasha Lyonne and Jason Biggs
“With Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan has created a dramatic yet deeply funny world populated with unforgettable characters and no-holds-barred humor set against the backdrop of a women’s prison,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “Jenji is one of the most fearless voices in television and we are proud to share her uncompromising vision with Netflix members.”
Sounds fun! Will you be tuning in for the premiere this summer?