With about a month to go before the release of the second season of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, it appears that the online streaming site is jumping the gun and presuming the popularity of the new episodes by renewing it for a third, 13-episode season. The announcement isn’t official, but it has been confirmed by a couple of sources close to the production as legit, which is good news for the show’s growing fanbase that has continued to be built up since the show’s premiere last summer.
According to Deadline, the news filtered down from the Twitter feeds of several writers on the series and the Instagram account of co-star Laura Prepon. No release date was mentioned, but it’s likely that a third season of Orange would premiere in the early summer of 2015. There’s yet to be anything official concerning a third season renewal from either series creator Jenji Kohan or from Netflix itself though.
Although it’s still, technically, a rumor at this point, an early third season renewal for Orange shouldn’t come as that big a surprise to anyone. When the show came out last July it didn’t have the hype of House of Cards, but it developed a following through word of mouth, and after the second season of Cards drew mixed reaction, Orange now stands as Netflix’s prestige series, a fact that’s reinforced by Netflix’s decision to move Orange to the Emmy Comedy category this year, where it will have less competition. It will be interesting to see if season two will be able to build on the hype after the successful first season.
Orange is the New Black season 2 premieres June 6 on Netflix.