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Orange Is the New Black: 5 Things To Know Before You Watch
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Orange Is the New Black: 5 Things To Know Before You Watch

Jul 10 2013, 1:24pm CDT | by

Prison comes with a shiv-sharp learning curve. Fortunately, for viewers of Orange Is The New Black , the latest project from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, we have a few pointers to share. The Netflix...

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Orange Is the New Black: 5 Things To Know Before You Watch

Jul 10 2013, 1:24pm CDT | by

Prison comes with a shiv-sharp learning curve. Fortunately, for viewers of Orange Is The New Black , the latest project from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, we have a few pointers to share.

The Netflix original series (premiering Thursday) follows girl-next-door Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling, Mercy), who once smuggled drug money for former girlfriend Alex (Laura Prepon, That ’70s Show) and now faces 15 months in jail. Before the series bows, keep these five tidbits from the creator and cast on your radar.

RELATED | Taylor Schilling Previews Netflix Drama’s Lessons on Love, Life and Lock-Up

IT’S NOT A DIRECT TRANSLATION OF THE BOOK… | Orange is based on the real-life tale of Piper Kerman, who wrote a memoir of her experience in a women’s prison in 2010. But how much did Kohan rely on that firsthand account? “You know, at some point, we just abandon it,” she laughs. “I love Piper, and I e-mail her all the time when I want to get the facts right. [But] the book, while fantastic, is relatively conflict-free, and we have to make a TV show.”

…BUT IT DOESN’T SKIMP ON DETAILS | Although the show is an adaptation of Kerman’s memoir, the author said many of the show’s little details really do happen in jail – even the weird ones, like Piper wearing maxi pads on her feet while showering. “Those things are, if not literal, then incredibly close,” Kerman admits. “That’s exactly the kind of resilience and resourcefulness that you have to have if you’re gonna make it.”

IT’S NOT YOUR AVERAGE COMEDY | Describing Orange as a dramedy seems too easy. But American Pie’s Jason Biggs (who stars as Piper’s loving fiancee) gives anyone expecting belly laughs fair warning about the show’s “specific tone” of humor. “It’s funny, but there’s also some real intensity and real humanity to the whole thing,” he says.

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IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO TUCK THE KIDS IN BED FIRST | Sex, drugs and nudity are cornerstones of the show’s pilot episode – in the first 10 seconds alone! But after Showtime gave her the freedom to be racy on Weeds, Kohan says she thinks “streaming, cable and Netflix” are the best arenas for a “no-holds-barred” approach like the one she takes on Orange. “That’s where I’m gonna go these days,” she laughs.

IT TUGS AT THE HEARTSTRINGS | For every gasp-inducing prison scene that Orange offers, Schilling says the show provides a healthy dose of compassion to balance the scales. “I was really surprised by the strong relationships between the women in prison and the alliances and support they give each other,” she says. “I was surprised by how much they take care of each other.”

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07/11/14: Digital networks Netflix, Crackle snag Emmy noms, SheSpeaks CEO Aliza Freud talks influencers, Unruly names most shared ad of 2014 (so far)

Jul 11 2014 5:13am CDT | Source: Cynopsis Media

CYNOPSISDIGITAL 07.11.14 Good morning. It’s Friday, July 11, 2014, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. EMMY RACE   The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced yesterday, with digital networks Netflix, Crackle and Funny or Die all scoring spots on the list. Netflix reeled in a whopping 31 nominations, with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black receiving nods in the best drama and ...
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6 weeks ago

This 'OITNB' Inmate's '80s Pop Star Past Will Blow Your Mind

Jun 13 2014 1:56pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Hang up the phone! This "Orange Is the New Black" blast from the past might just blow your mind. By now it's pretty well known many of the ladies at Lichfield Penitentiary had successful careers before finding themselves behind bars. Before Laura Prepon donned a sexy pair of glasses and hooked up with Taylor Schilling, she was everyone's favorite "That '70s Show" stoner. Prior to her communist take-over of the prison ...
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7 weeks ago

This Video Is The Only Thing You Need To Prepare For Your 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2 Binge

Jun 5 2014 2:01pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Like anyone with a pulse and a Netflix account, we're just about tearing our hair out in anticipation for season two of "Orange Is The New Black." But until those 13 new episodes become available June 6, here's a little something to tide you over. Aside from the confined walls of Litchfield Penitentiary, perhaps the best place to catch the "Orange" cast members in the last year has been HuffPost Live. Check out the video above to se ...
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7 weeks ago

'Orange Is The New Black' Review: Season 2 Returns In Fine, Frisky Form

Jun 5 2014 12:55pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

I won't fool myself into thinking that any review, including mine, will lead anyone to watch the second season of "Orange Is the New Black." Let's face it, if you're a fully (or mostly) grown human with a Netflix connection and a pulse, you're going to watch it, regardless of what anyone says. And why not? Season 1 certainly merited the hype it received and left me missing its unforgettable array of characters with un ...
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7 weeks ago

You'll Never Believe What The 'Orange Is The New Black' Cast Looked Like In High School

Jun 4 2014 12:32pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Before there was Litchfield, before there was Netflix ... there was high school. Snakkle.com has unearthed photos of the "Orange Is The New Black" cast in their younger years, and they looked very different. And we're pretty sure it had nothing to do with the fact that they hadn't stepped into their orange jumpsuits yet. Check out photos of Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman) and Kate Mulgrew (Red) below, and rest assured -- this is only the beginning. To see 24 mo ...
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8 weeks ago

Orange Is the New Black Season 2 Cheat Sheet: Where We Left Off and What's Next

Jun 2 2014 8:03pm CDT | Source: TV Guide

It's been almost a year since we first binge-watched Orange Is the New Black. (As for how many times we've watched it in its entirety since then, we prefer to remain mum). On Friday, the Netflix series finally returns for its anticipated second season. So what better time to look back on where we left off and what's next for our favorite convicts! Piper (Taylor Schilling) Where we left off: Dumped by Larry and Alex, Pi ...
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8 weeks ago

What Has Orange is the New Black' Got Against Foodies?

Jun 2 2014 12:21pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

As excitement builds over the rapidly approaching second season of Netflix's hit show, Orange is the New Black, I am crossing my fingers that one of the show's smartest plotlines will not be abandoned: its scathing critique of foodie culture. Foodism, after all, is a recent phenomenon that we have yet to fully understand. The term "foodie," defined by the Official Foodie Handbook as a person "who i ...
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