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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.


David Wain to direct Amy Poehler's NBC comedy pilot starring Natasha Lyonne

David Wain is reteaming with Amy Poehler. Wain, who directs the Parks and Recreation star in the upcoming big-screen rom-com parody They Came Together and helmed their 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, has signed on to helm Old Soul, an NBC comedy pilot from Poehler that stars Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne as a woman who works as an aide for the elderly.

Poehler co-created and is executive producing Old Soul with Happy Endings writer-producers Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel.

Lori Petty to guest on 'Orange Is the New Black'

Is Litchfield getting a new inmate?

We won’t know for sure until the second season of Orange Is the New Black hits Netflix — but either way, here’s one thing that’s certain: EW has confirmed that Tank Girl Lori Petty will appear in at least one episode of the prison-set dramedy. (TVLine first reported the news.)

The streaming service won’t say who Petty is playing, or even how many episodes will feature her. Still, this should be welcome news for anyone who’s a fan of the actress’s work as surfer girl Tyler in Point Break, intense pitcher Kit in A League of Their Own, and sympathetic orca trainer Rae in Free Willy. Over the past few years, Petty has had roles on House and CSI: NY as well.

OITNB returns to Netflix this spring.

Taylor Schilling on her Golden Globes nomination: 'This whole thing feels like a dream'

On the TV front, when Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning, one thing was clear: Television is no longer just the stuff that airs on TV. Netflix got six nominations, including one for Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Playing Piper Chapman, a woman thrust totally out of her element once she’s sent to prison to serve a 15-month sentence, Schilling had to vacillate between being sympathy-worthy and trying fans’ patience with Chapman’s entitlement. EW called Schilling this morning to discuss her nomination, her exciting morning, and women on television. READ FULL STORY

SAG Award TV nominations: Snubs and surprises

During an awards season that’s dominated by talk of movies — all a gradual buildup to the biggest awards show of them all — it’s easy to forget that some winter prize distributors recognize TV shows as well. And once you remember that TV shows are also being lauded, your thoughts naturally turn to which nominations seem like a surprise, pleasant or otherwise — as well as the deserving series that have been overlooked.

And for today’s SAG Award nominations, each of these qualifies for one of those categories:

Snub: Mad Men
Matthew Weiner’s seminal series was passed over completely, even though it’s won two SAG ensemble awards before. What will it take to get Jon Hamm some individual recognition at an awards show? (After playing Don Draper for six seasons, he’s won a grand total of one TCA Award and one Golden Globe for the role, not counting the SAG Awards he shared with the show’s cast. That ain’t right.)

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): 'Orange Is the New Black' star Uzo Aduba on bringing Crazy Eyes to life

Trying to choose your favorite Orange Is the New Black character is like trying to choose your favorite Olivia Pope ensemble — nearly impossible. Yet even though the show is stacked with unforgettable creations — Red! Taystee! Pennsatucky! Miss Claudette! Nicky! Pornstache, even! — one stands out from the pack: Suzanne Warren, best known among Litchfield’s inmates as Crazy Eyes.

At this point, however, it’s tough for any fan of the show to use Suzanne’s unkind nickname in good conscience. Sure, she tends to come on just a little too strong — but she’s also a kind, delightfully unfiltered presence with a generous heart (she’ll throw her pie for you) and the soul of a poet. Oh, and she happens to be pretty hilarious as well.

How does a normal actress get into the headspace of Piper Chapman’s would-be prison wife? To find out, we turned to Uzo Aduba, the Broadway vet who counts Suzanne as her very first big TV role. Read on to learn how Aduba got the part (fun fact: she didn’t even audition for it originally), what went through her mind when she read episode 3′s notorious floor-peeing scene, and what she can say about season 2. (Hint: Unfortunately, it’s not much.)

Click here for more of’s Best of 2013 coverage.


'Orange Is the New Black': Matt McGorry on playing cute guard Bennett and being a piece of meat

Matt McGorry did not go directly to jail. Instead, he started performing at just 11 years old, when a flair for card tricks and making little foam balls disappear led to a brief stint as a street magician. (“It’s funny — it didn’t seem weird at the time,” he told EW during a recent office visit. “But in retrospect, my parents really had a lot of trust in me.”)

From there, McGorry moved on to bigger and better things — New York City’s famous LaGuardia performing arts high school, Emerson College, and an acting career both enhanced and stymied by his second gig as a competitive bodybuilder. (At his peak, the NY native could deadlift 576 pounds.) Even though McGorry was finding steady-ish work in funny web videos — a friend at College Humor told him “that they’re always looking for buff dudes and hot girls, because those are, I guess, rarities in the comedy community” — he realized eventually that his impressive stature would mean a future of typecasting.

So McGorry put down the weights, renewed his focus on acting — and nabbed the role of John Bennett on Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s buzzy series about a women’s prison. Just like that, the guy who was once relegated to playing “Frat Friend” and “EMT #1″ found himself getting increasingly juicier material and acting for guest director Jodie Foster. (“When I saw Jodie Foster [written on a script], I went to IMDB,” he remembered. “I was like, ‘Is there another Jodie Foster? With like, a Q at the end?’”). Once the series premiered to rave reviews, McGorry also found himself becoming a bona-fide heartthrob — complete with a fawning Buzzfeed tribute that’s been viewed almost 200,000 times.

How does McGorry feel about his sudden-onset success, his character’s arc — and a possible Bennett/Pornstache spinoff? You won’t have to travel directly to Litchfield to find out.

Netflix execs keep ratings under wraps but promise 'TV-sized audiences' during investor Q&A -- VIDEO

On the heel of 14 record-breaking Emmy nominations, executives over at Netflix sat down to discuss their current business affairs in an über-hip Google Hangout interview that took place live on YouTube.

Executives touched mostly on economics and stock options, but also mentioned Netflix’s incredible success with original programming. The company now has a solid slate of original shows under its belt, including House of CardsArrested Development, and Orange Is the New Black. “When we look at original content, whether it’s House of Cards or Arrested Development, we’re just in the very early innings of this. We’re figuring out how to promote them, and what the ongoing value is, what we see is if we do it right, then these will turn into some real franchises,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said.

'Orange Is the New Black': 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan talks about her women-in-prison Netflix show

In writer-producer Jenji Kohan’s new show Orange Is the New Black, a woman gets in trouble because of drugs. Sound familiar? That may be because because Kohan’s previous show, Weeds, was also about a woman getting into trouble because of, uh, drugs.

“I love it when people screw up and try to make things better,” says Kohan. “I think some of the sensibilities are the same because there’s a certain tone that I have. But Orange is its own beast.”

A caged beast, in fact. The largely prison-set Orange is based on Piper Kerman’s 2010 memoir of the same name, which details the 13 months the Smith College graduate served behind bars as a result of having, years previously, transported cash for her then-girlfriend, an international drug smuggler. Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One) stars as Piper Chapman, and Laura Prepon plays Chapman’s ex-lover and fellow inmate. Other prisoners are portrayed by Kate Mulgrew and Natasha Lyonne, while Jason Biggs is Chapman’s fiancé.

The latter character is an echo of the real-life boyfriend to whom Piper Kerman became engaged after growing out of her wild, female drug smuggler-dating ways, although Kohan says the pair’s onscreen relationship is a fictionalization: “We made all that sh-t up. But what was interesting is we would make stuff up and then Piper would sometimes tell us, ‘Wow, that was a little close.’ Which we felt meant we were doing something right.”

Below, Kohan talks more about Orange is the New Black, the entire first season of which is now available on Netflix.

'Orange Is the New Black': Check out the trailer for Netflix's women's prison drama

It isn’t often you get to utter the words, “Hey, I’ve stood in that women’s prison shower!” But that’s exactly what I said while watching the trailer for the Netflix dramedy Orange Is The New Black, whose set in Queens, NY, I visited earlier this year.


Netflix sets release date for 'Orange is the New Black'

Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan’s new dramedy, will premiere its 13 one-hour episodes on Netflix on July 11.

An adaptation of Piper Kerman’s memoir (subtitled, “My Year in a Women’s Prison”), Orange stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, who ends up behind bars thanks to a long-ago relationship with a drug runner played by Laura Prepon. Jason Biggs’ is Piper’s fiancé. Kohan will serve as exec producer, writing the first and last episodes of the series, which will be her first project following Weeds.


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