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Orange is the New Black announces second season

Piper Chapman and Alex Vause (played by Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon, respectively) sit in prison in the first season of Orange is the New Black. SUBMITTED PHOTOBy ALEXANDRA MONTANA
Staff Writer
Your favourite inmates are coming back.
Last month, the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black (OITNB) announced Season 2 will debut on June 6.
The series is based on Piper Kerman’s 2010 memoir, which documents her experience in a women’s low-security prison.
In 1993, while enduring a romantic fling with a woman who distributed heroin for an “African kingpin,” Kerman was asked by her partner to launder money for the drug manoeuvre.
Eventually, the kingpin’s international drug trafficking ring collapsed, and after living among the accused, Kerman pled guilty in 1998 and was charged with money laundering and drug trafficking.
Created by television writer Jenji Kohan, OITNB premiered on Netflix on July 11, 2013.
Certain changes have been made to better fit TV — like Kerman’s last name being changed to Chapman.
Taylor Schilling plays Piper Chapman, and Laura Prepon performs as Kerman’s ex-lover, Alex Vause.
Ian Brooks, 21, of Welland, says he is very excited to watch Season 2.
“I’ve been looking for news about it literally since the day I finished watching the first season and I’ve kept up with all the developments.”
Rumours spread in early September 2013 suggesting Prepon would only appear in one episode; however, in an article with US Weekly, Kohan says Prepon will be in “most” of the second season.
Plot details for the second season remain a secret, building anticipation for the show’s return.
Trevor Ward, 27, of St. Catharines, says, “I’m excited for the second season. I like that it premiers in the summer and there aren’t a lot of shows on during    that time.”
The show has seen positive reviews from critics, landing an 89 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which says the show is “a sharp mix of black humour and dramatic heft, with interesting characters and an intriguing flashback structure.”
In an article written by Hank Stuever in The Washington Post, he says the show “feels like Netflix’s first real home run since it famously entered the scripted-series biz.”
But those who have watched the series once or twice already and have followed OITNB on social media sites have already gotten to know the cast.
From walking their dogs to walking down red carpets, the cast and crew ensures fans are always up to date with what they are doing, which makes us love them even more.
Ward says he has seen a few photos online of the cast and crew.
“It’s really cool to see how they are all good friends. You don’t hear stories about cast members fighting so it’s nice to see a group like that being really good friends.”
However, Ward says he has been avoiding previews and spoilers for the next season.
The cast has been taking photos in their prison jumpsuits while filming Season 2 as early as last September, keeping everyone waiting anxiously to hear when the second season would begin. The 15-second teaser has 3.3 million views since the announcement on Feb. 15 and offers no insight as to what the season may hold.

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