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'Orange is the New Black': Mary Steenburgen joins season 3

Mary Steenburgen behind bars? Possibly.

EW has confirmed that the Academy Award-winner will appear in season 3 of Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black. No details have been revealed about episode count or who she’ll play, but if we had to bet, we’d guess inmate (on odds alone).

Steenburgen broke the news herself on Twitter:

'Justified': Mary Steenburgen on her debut (and sticking around for the final season!) -- FIRST LOOK

Mary Steenburgen begins her arc on Justified this Tuesday as Katherine Hale, the widow of a crime boss Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) had worked for — not Theo Tonin — and a woman whose opinion Duffy clearly values. Though she’s been out of the business for a while, Katherine remains, as executive producer Graham Yost says, “as sweet as a mint julep and as lethal as a copperhead.” Steenburgen seconds that. “The character is very Elmore Leonard-like in that she’s full of surprises and you don’t ever really turn your back on her,” she says. How soon might we see her strike? “You may see some of it sooner than you think,” she answers coyly. And if not, there’s always next year. She’ll stick around for the show’s final season: “Where she goes next season is why I wanted her to join this rather than just do a couple of episodes. It’s a really fascinating journey,” she says. “It gets set up a little bit in the last episode this season, and then it’s really cool what they’re planning.”

Her first scene (pictured) is with Burns, who she knew because he co-starred on the ABC comedy Help Me Help You (2006 to 2007) with her husband, Ted Danson. Yes, she enjoys watching him as much as we do: “The characters [on Justified] are on guard at all times. Anybody at any moment can do something incredibly violent to each other. That’s the world of that show. There’s not the usual half-page warning that something terrible’s about to happen. It just, like, comes out of nowhere,” she says with a laugh, “and so as an actor, part of the job is to be extremely observant of each other. You’re watching. And watching Jere Burns is a joy. It’s such an interesting, bizarre character that he’s created.” (She’s also enjoyed watching Walton Goggins, with whom she’s shared scenes. She hopes to work with Timothy Olyphant for the first time in season 7.) READ FULL STORY

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