BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
April 30, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Netflix will premiere its upcoming original series "Orange is the New Black" on
Thursday, July 11, 2013
. Created by Jenji Kohan ("Weeds"), the comedic drama starring
is set in a women's prison and is based on the U.S. best-selling memoir by
. All thirteen one-hour episodes in the series from Lionsgate Television will be available at launch.
Netflix members will have access to "Orange is the New Black" at
12:01 AM PDT
in all territories where Netflix is available – U.S.,
, the U.K.,
and the Nordics.
"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
, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. "Jenji is one of the most fearless voices in television and we are proud to share her uncompromising vision with Netflix members."
"Orange is the New Black" follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (
), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (
) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable
life with fiance Larry (
) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. The series' diverse ensemble also includes
, Natasha Lyonne,
"Orange is the New Black" is executive produced by Kohan, who also wrote the first and final episodes of the season. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television for Netflix.