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Laura Prepon on Alex Vause's extended stay on 'Orange Is the New Black'- EXCLUSIVE

Despite rumors to the contrary, Laura Prepon isn’t trying to cut her sentence at Litchfield Penitentiary short. As Piper’s sometimes-enemy and forbidden love interest, Prepon’s character Alex Vause was vital to the first season of Orange Is the New Black. So when reports swirled last year that Prepon would only appear in a single episode of the second season, fans started speculating as to why. One popular theory was that Prepon, as a scientologist, was quitting because the church objected to her playing a lesbian on TV.

“It’s ridiculous because it’s not true. I’m a huge supporter of the LGBT community,” Prepon tells EW. “I try to put a good spin on it, which is, ‘Okay, cool. People are huge fans of the show and my character and they’re trying to come up with excuses about where I’m going.’ It’s ridiculous and I try to laugh at it.”

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'Orange Is the New Black': Watch the first scene from season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Things are getting bleak on Orange Is the New Black — although the first season wasn’t exactly a bright, sunny bit of comedy to begin with.

Series creator Jenji Kohan reveals in this week’s cover story that the show’s second season will feature a darker, more fractured approach to the ladies of Litchfield, who were a little too buddy-buddy with each other last year. “We needed a little more drama,” says Kohan, and that’s exactly what’s in store for the inmates as the prison power dynamic shifts at Litchfield thanks to new faces and new alliances. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz signs deal for new Netflix series

There may not be any new Arrested Development news to report right now, but its creator has decided to stay put at Netflix. The streaming service confirmed Tuesday that Mitchell Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to create, develop, and produce original series. READ FULL STORY

Netflix to increase prices

Haven’t signed up for Nextflix yet? You might want to get on that sooner rather than later if you ever plan on becoming One of Us.

The streaming service announced Monday plans to hike up the price of new memberships by one or two dollars, depending on your country — a measure set to take effect “later this quarter,” according to a letter to investors. Existing members would be allowed to stay at their current pricing — $7.99 for those in the U.S. — for “a generous time period” before eventually paying the new higher price.

“These changes will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience,” the letter from CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said.

Elsewhere in the note, the company touted its “big hit” House of Cards but declined to provide specific streaming numbers, per usual, saying only it “attracted a huge audience that would make any cable or broadcast network happy.”

Netflix added 4 million subscribers in the first quarter of the year, bringing its total subscribers to 48 million worldwide.

Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove' gets second season premiere date

Netflix original series Hemlock Grove will return to the streaming site with a second season Friday, July 11.

The Emmy-nominated supernatural thriller will come back with 10 hour-long episodes starring Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, and Dougray Scott.

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'Marco Polo': Production underway for Weinstein Company's Netflix show

Marco Polo has been found.

The previously announced, highly anticipated drama from The Weinstein Company about the adventures of Marco Polo has begun production for Netflix.

The show, which will have a 10-episode first season and premiere on Netflix in late 2014, will follow the famed explorer’s journey as it takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, “a world replete with exotic martial arts, political skullduggery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue,” according to the press release. The cast includes Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, Benedict Wong, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, and Rick Yune.

Creator John Fusco and Harvey Weinstein will serve as executive producers, as will Electus’s Ben Silverman and Chris Grant. Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) will also serve as executive producer and will direct two episodes. READ FULL STORY

'Derek' season 2 gets premiere date on Netflix

Get ready for more Ricky Gervais…er, Derek.

The comedian’s Netflix show, Derek, received a second season, which will premiere Friday, May 30. As has become the standard for Netflix, all six episodes of season 2 will be available to watch at once.

A bittersweet comedy-drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins, Derek “centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through,” according to an official description. “Derek cares deeply for the home’s residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like.” READ FULL STORY

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin to star in Netflix comedy 'Grace and Frankie'

It’s a Nine to Five reunion! The 1980 film’s co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are working together again in Netflix’s new original sitcom, Grace and Frankie.

The half-hour, single-camera comedy comes from Friends creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, who writes and produces TBS’ Sullivan & Son. The 13-episode season will follow nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) who unexpectedly find common ground when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.

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'Orange Is the New Black': Get a first look at season 2 -- PHOTOS

Black is (almost) back! And from the looks of things, not much has changed.

The first photos from Orange Is the New Black‘s second season are equal parts comedy and drama. The first image is all about the scene that closed out season 1, when Piper took out all of her bare-fisted anger on Tiffany. To be fair, Tiffany did come at Piper first — but as we can see, it’s Piper who’s left standing with blood on her hands. And by the look on her faced, we’d bet she just got caught. We can only hope she spends a little time in maximum security, if only so that we can see Miss Claudette again.

In the second image, we see Red once again standing her ground. This time, she’s face to face with a new character, Lorraine Toussaint’s Vee. If we had to guess what comes next, it’s that Vee quickly learns  you don’t mess with Red — unless you want to eat dirt (and/or tampon sandwiches) for the rest of your sentence. Or until you somehow win her over. Also, are they fighting in a greenhouse? Perhaps we’ll be getting a few new settings in season 2.

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'House of Cards': Nathan Darrow on THAT scene and the future of Meechum

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t finished season two of House of Cards, you probably shouldn’t continue reading.

You’ve now had two full weekends to binge-watch the second season of House of Cards, and if you did in fact finish all 13 episodes, you’ve no doubt got one question on your mind: Who is Meechum, and where can I get one for myself?

The Underwoods’ stoic bodyguard is played by Nathan Darrow, a trained stage actor from Kansas City who first worked with Cards star Kevin Spacey in a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Toward the end of the play’s international tour in 2011, Netflix was starting to put together the cast of House of Cards, and Spacey submitted Darrow and other company members for roles in the series. “It was stacked with some very talented actors who were really right for House of Cards, so Kevin put a bunch of us up for it,” recalls Darrow, who actually read for another role prior to being cast as Meechum. “I went in for casting and later for [executive producer David] Fincher, and that’s just how it happened.”

In the show’s first season, Meechum was largely a subdued presence, with the occasional “Yes, sir” uttered as he slowly earned his position as a trusted bodyguard in Frank’s innermost circle. Some would argue that said circle is really just Frank’s wife Claire (Robin Wright) and Meechum anyway, and that theory was ostensibly proven after Meechum’s major moment in the 11th episode of Cards‘ second season. At the onset of filming, Darrow didn’t exactly know where Meechum would go in season 2 (“He’s not in the ground quite yet!”), but he had an idea.

“I knew the relationship between high-level security and client was going to be explored, but I wasn’t sure in what way, and it’s an interesting one,” he says. “Here’s the fellow that’s ready to take a bullet for you and that actually, on a day-to-day basis, is probably as in tune with your mood as anyone. But that could be as far as it goes.” READ FULL STORY

Netflix reaches deal with Comcast

Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

The two companies said in a joint statement Sunday they’re establishing a more direct connection to provide a better service to customers that will also allow for future growth in Netflix traffic. The companies say the arrangement is already giving customers a better experience.

Netflix had 33 million U.S. streaming subscribers at the start of the year and accounts for about one third of all traffic at peak times on the Internet, according to research firm Sandvine. As the video steaming company has grown, Internet service providers like Comcast have pushed the company for more structured deals to enable its content to be transmitted smoothly and reduce the strain on their networks.

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'House of Cards': Kate Mara talks The Thing That Happened to Zoe

The second season of House of Cards begins with a shocking development for ambitious journalist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) — or, at least, one that’s shocking for anyone who isn’t familiar with the original British version of House of Cards. (If you haven’t watched yet, you might want to stop reading… now.) READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards': New cast member Molly Parker previews season 2

Is anyone in Washington strong enough to bring Francis Underwood down? We won’t find out for sure until Friday, when new episodes of House of Cards debut on Netflix — but one new character might just be the woman for the job.

The Emmy-winning drama’s second season introduces another political player with serious potential: Jacqueline Sharp, a young congresswoman poised to rise in the ranks after Frank ascends to the White House. She’s played by Deadwood alum Molly Parker — a savvy operator well-versed in both prestige TV and keeping a show’s surprises under wraps. (Parker is so convincing that it’s almost hard to believe she’s actually Canadian.) Before Cards‘s premiere, we chatted with Parker about playing her latest role… and tried to get her to talk about some of season 2′s most shocking moments. (Spoiler alert: It didn’t work.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I devoured the first four episodes of season 2 on a screener yesterday.
MOLLY PARKER: How is it?

Well, I really like your character, and I’m also afraid for her life.
Yes. [laughs]

I’m so nervous watching the show. I guess you know what happens—
I do! But I’m not going to tell you. [laughs]

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