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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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Here's How Women Reacted To The 2014 Emmys

Aug 25 2014 10:46pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

We'll admit, we were a little intimidated by this week's award show double-header. Beyoncé! Lena! Tina and Amy! Laverne! Absolutely everything about "Orange Is The New Black!" But if there's one thing we were blissfully reminded of in the last 48 hours, it's that there's never too much of a good thing when it comes to women in show business. Fresh off the heels of Beyoncé's feminist declaratio ...
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Emmys' Best Actress In Comedy Goes To Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Aug 25 2014 7:49pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

The Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series goes to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her role in "Veep." Dreyfus defeated Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Taylor Schilling for the win. This is her fifth Emmy win overall and third for "Veep." Before taking the stage, Julia Louis-Dreyfus made out with Bryan Cranston. Earlier in the broadcast, Cranston and Dreyfus jo ...
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Emmy Dresses 2014: See Every Red Carpet Dress Of The Night

Aug 25 2014 5:15pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

We can't help but get super excited on Emmy night. Seeing all of our favorite TV stars dressed in their finest threads almost makes us forget about the maniacal, hilarious and eccentric characters they portray on the small screen. At the 2014 Emmy Awards, leading ladies like Taylor Schilling, Debra Messing and Sarah Hyland donned designer dresses that proved they've got style in spades. But we were totally surprised by Heidi Klum, who strayed from her usual reveali ...
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Does 'Orange Is The New Black' Have A Chance At The Emmys? Taylor Schilling Thinks So

Aug 25 2014 3:47pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

It's been over two months since Season 2 of "Orange Is the New Black" hit Netflix, and everyone's still talking about the adventures of Piper and Co. -- especially with the show nominated in six Emmy categories. In an effort to raise awareness for the Women's Prison Association, an organization she works with closely, "OITNB" star Taylor Schilling chatted with The Huffington Post about the criminal justice system, the SHU, and, of course, the ...
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5 Photos Of 'Crazy Eyes' Looking Crazy Beautiful At The VMAs

Aug 24 2014 10:06pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Her beauty was better than throwing her pie for us. Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the show "Orange Is the New Black," presented alongside cast members Laverne Cox and Taylor Schilling on Sunday at the VMAs. While she also delivered one of the most memorable lines of the night ("you did nothing wrong"), she certainly did nothing wrong while posing in the VMA press room. Here are five pictures of ...
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