Orange is The New Black is coming to an end.
Netflix announced the cancellation of the Lionsgate-produced series via social media Wednesday.
In the clip, stars of the series tell fans that they are working on the final season, and thank them for all the great years.
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018
Series creator Jenji Kohan released the following statement with the news,
After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.
throughout those seven seasons Orange is the New Black became a groundbreaking hit series, and one of Netflix’s first. Vice President of Original Content for Netflix Cindy Holland had this to say of the news,
During production of Season 1, everyone involved with Orange Is The New Black felt like we knew a special secret we couldn’t wait to share with the world. Since then, we have laughed, cried, raged, and roared with the women of Litchfield, and every moment spent with them felt like borrowed time — too good to last forever,” We will be sad to say goodbye but we will definitely be going out on a high. We are grateful to Jenji Kohan and her groundbreaking vision; to her supremely talented team of writers and producers; and to a once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew for creating a truly special work of art that has inspired conversations and connected audiences around the world.”
Orange is the New Black has had a positive impact on popular culture worldwide.
Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs claims that the series has played a vital role in building Lionsgate into the platform-defining brand.
“Thanks to the brilliance of Jenji Kohan, the mastery of the creative and production team, the transcendent cast, and our tremendous partnership with Netflix, the series has surpassed our expectations year after year. With great pride, we are working together to bring this landmark series to a triumphant, satisfying close with the upcoming seventh season.”
Since the series premiered on Netflix in July 2013, it has received world acclaim thus becoming the platform’s most-watched original series. Also, the series received 12 Primetime Emmy Nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. It won three.
Uzo Aduba won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for season 2.
The series was nominated for six Golden Globes, six Writers Guild of America Awards, a Producers Guild of America Award, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.
In 2016, the series got a three-season renewal, and show runner Kohan remained on the show throughout.
The prison based drama/comedy stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow.
The seventh and final season will premiere in summer 2019 on Netflix.
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