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Pornstache will not return for season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

When Orange Is the New Black returns, it will be missing a little facial hair.

Pablo Schreiber, who plays Mendez—a.k.a. Pornstache—told the New York Post that he will not appear in the show’s third season. It’s not a huge surprise, considering that the last time we saw his character—spoiler!—he was being carted away to prison. But then again, this entire show takes place inside a prison, so there’s that.

Schreiber told the Post: “I’m not taking part in the third season. I’m a member of a show called The Brink that’s going to be on HBO. It’s a half-hour comedy with Jack Black and Tim Robbins and me [as] the three leads. I’m really excited about it.”

He went on to say that he was never a series regular on OITNB, which he is on The Brink, so really, “it’s a no-brainer,” he said. “It was a better move for me as an actor.”

That being said, Schreiber does still love OITNB, and specifically its creator, Jenji Kohan. “I feel so grateful to Orange. Jenji obviously means a ton to me. I respect her to no end. I think she writes the best dialogue on TV right now. While season three is out of the picture, beyond that is open.”

So it sounds like Pornstache could show up at a later date. As Schreiber put it, “I would go anywhere that [Kohan’s] working, and I know that our paths will cross again soon, whether it’s on Orange or on a future project.”

Schreiber later went on Twitter to calm some of the upset fans:

Reps for the show did not immediately respond for comment.

'Orange Is the New Black' cast to make joint appearance on 'Conan'

The ladies of Litchfield (and one male counterpart) are headed to Conan for their first-ever late-night appearance as a group.

On Monday, August 4, the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated show Orange Is the New Black, including Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs, will join Conan on stage for his third group interview of the sort. Conan has previously featured the casts of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad in a similar format.

Conan airs at 11 p.m. on TBS.

Is 'True Detective' worthy? 'Modern Family,' again? The critics react to 2014's Emmy nods

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MELISSA MAERZ: Jeff,

When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices made in the best drama category: refusing to forget that Breaking Bad was and will always be one of the best TV shows of all time; leaving that mess of a Homeland season off that list (somewhere, Dana Brody is furrowing her brow); recognizing that House of Cards just keeps getting better and better as Frank Underwood gets worse and worse; and picking the right underdog, PBS, to fight in the battle against cable with Downton Abbey.

Here is my only real complaint, and I know I’m in the minority here: I was really, deeply disappointed by True Detective and don’t think it deserves a best drama nod. Don’t get me wrong: I was totally captivated by the first four episodes, and Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both deserve their acting nods. Plus, the show deserves some kind of diamond-encrusted, deer-antler trophy for that spectacular six-minute tracking shot alone. But am I the only one who thought the story completely fell apart in the second half? The unreliable narrator device—which could’ve made for real suspense and second-guessing about who these two detectives really are and what their motives might be—ultimately  lead nowhere beyond one police cover-up. The central mystery was solved in a way that felt random. Too many Easter eggs ended up being MacGuffins. And I know people are really going to throw tomatoes at me here, but that final speech about the lying there and gazing up at the stars? So corny. Leave the cosmos-pondering to Neil deGrasse Tyson, guys.

What did you think of the drama nominations?

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Taylor Schilling talks her Emmy nomination, and why Punky Brewster also deserves one

When Taylor Schilling put her phone on airplane mode this morning, she had no idea what she was missing. But eventually, Schilling realized her mistake, called her publicist, and got the good news that she’d been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy in the 2014 Emmy race. The Orange is the New Black star is a first-time nominee, and we got her on the phone to chat about the nomination, her favorite OITNB scene and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you?
TAYLOR SCHILLING: I’m doing pretty well. I had a really good morning. I’m not having a bad day.

Where were you when you found out?
I was at home. I don’t know. I like to put my phone on vibrate—I mean my phone on airplane mode—and I left my house. I don’t know what I was doing. I was late for work, and I was like, “I don’t want to be inside when I find out,” so I went outside. I was walking by the Hudson river.

Oh, that’s nice.
Yeah I guess so. I don’t know what I was doing. I was late for work. I don’t know what I was doing. I just started walking. READ FULL STORY

'Orange is the New Black' star Kate Mulgrew on her Emmy nomination and that magical chicken

After 42 years in this crazy acting business, Orange is the New Black‘s Kate Mulgrew has received her first Emmy nomination for her work as Red in the first season of Netflix’s hit show.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where were you when you found out this morning?
KATE MULGREW:
I was in bed fast asleep.

So this was the perfect way to wake up.
Yeah, it really was. I had taken an Advil PM ’cause I burned my hand on the stove last night. So I was awakened this morning and I thought, “Oh, what’s the news?” And I said, “Oh how great! I’m jumping out of bed; the pain is gone!” [Laughs]

This is such an amazing character. Looking back, what has been one of your favorite moments or scenes to film with her?
There’s a scene in the kitchen where I describe the chicken. I have a dream about the chicken, and I loved this. I just loved the way I describe the chicken, how the chicken looks, its sensibility, its mysteriousness. And in that moment Red, herself, is transformed, and you see not only her wonderful eccentricity, but [also] the depth of her complexity. And you realize that this woman is living on many, many different levels at all times, not the least of which is this [said in character] “mysterious chicken whose power I must have.” READ FULL STORY

'Orange Is the New Black' star Uzo Aduba reacts to her first Emmy nomination

When the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, Uzo Aduba was sitting in traffic. But after a phone call from her rep, the Orange is the New Black star realized that she had just earned her first ever Emmy nomination for her work as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the show’s first season. EW caught up with Aduba right after she got the news.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First of all, congratulations!
UZO ADUBA: Oh my goodness, thank you so much!

So where were you when you found out this morning?
I was in traffic. [Laughs] I was in traffic and, true story, I just happened to look down and see my phone ringing and I was like, “Oh it’s my publicist, let me pick up the phone.” I don’t know how long it was ringing because my ear buds were in, and I picked it up, and she and my manager told me. I was like, “Are you kidding?” I couldn’t stop saying, “Are you joking?” And they were like, “We would not joke about this.” READ FULL STORY

27 things we learned at the 'Orange Is the New Black' press day

The ladies (and men) of Litchfield ditched drab uniforms and cinderblock walls for colorful dresses and a swanky Manhattan hotel this past weekend, when Netflix held a press day for the dramedy’s second season in New York City. Nearly all of the series’ regulars were on hand for paired two-on-one interviews with journalists, including (deep breath) Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Samira Wiley (Poussey), Jason Biggs (Larry) and Laura Prepon (Alex), Kate Mulgrew (Red) and Lorraine Toussaint (Vee), Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky) and Michael Harney (Healy), Dascha Polanco (Daya) and Matt McGorry (Bennett), Laverne Cox (Sophia) and Selenis Leyva (Gloria), Yael Stone (Morello) and Natasha Lyonne (Nicky), and Uzo Aduba (Suzanne). Conspicuously absent: series star Taylor Schilling, who was to be teamed with Aduba; according to Netlix reps, she fell ill a few days before the junket.

Naturally, a day spent among this much talent yielded tons of fascinating tidbits about OITNB, the people who make it, and what’s in store for season 3—which is already being shot in New York. Read on to find out how to make prison hooch, which actresses initially fought to play each other’s characters, Red and Vee’s strange pre-lockup connection, and what really went on during Daya and Bennett’s closet encounter. (Hint: The words “mons pubis” will be uttered…as will many, many spoilers.) READ FULL STORY

'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:

'Orange is the New Black': Dascha Polanco upped to series regular

Fans will be seeing even more of Dayanara Diaz on the third season of Orange is the New Black.

Dascha Polanco has been upped to series regular for the dramedy’s upcoming third season, EW has confirmed. She joins Samira Wiley (a.k.a. Poussey), who will also have an expanded role in the new season.

Perhaps this means we’ll finally meet Diaz and Bennett’s baby?

Deadline first reported the news of Polanco’s promotion.

'Orange is the New Black': Samira Wiley promoted to series regular

When Orange is the New Black returns, viewers will be seeing even more of Poussey Washington, played by Samira Wiley.

For the prison dramedy’s third season, Wiley will be promoted to series regular, EW has confirmed. Wiley has appeared on nearly every episode of the show so far — and fan-favorite Poussey has had an expanded role in season 2.

This means viewers will get more of Taystee and Poussey together, right?

Deadline first reported the news of Wiley’s promotion.

ATX Television Festival to open with 'Orange Is the New Black' panel -- EXCLUSIVE

June 6 is a big day for Orange Is the New Black fans.

The same day season 2 of the hit prison drama premieres on Netflix, the streaming service will hold an OITNB panel and screening to kick off programming at the 2014 ATX Television Festival in Austin.

Cast members attending the panel are TBD, but if this group’s PaleyFest chat was any indication, things should get pretty interesting in Austin.

Netflix will also host two other talks at the festival. On June 7, cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken will moderate the #SpoilerAlert panel, looking into our appetite for spoilers and how it affects the viewing experience. Panelists are TBA. READ FULL STORY

'Orange Is the New Black': The ladies get creative in new character posters -- VIDEO

We’re less than a month away from watching (or, more likely, devouring) season 2 of Orange Is the New Black, and Netflix released some posters — both animated and still — of our favorite Litchfield ladies to hold us over until season 2′s June premiere. READ FULL STORY

'Orange Is the New Black': Inside Daya, Bennett, and Mendez’s tricky love triangle in season 2

It can feel overwhelming to keep up with all the different stories going down at Litchfield Penitentiary, from the drama between Piper and Pennsatucky’s cronies to Red’s girls in the kitchen and the ladies who layer at Sophia’s hair salon.

Still, there’s one plotline on Orange Is the New Black that always stands out: the taboo love story between prisoner Daya (Dascha Polanco) and corrections officer Bennett (Matt McGorry). Add into the mix Pablo Schreiber’s jealous, implacable Officer Mendez — who imprudently believes Daya loves him — and you’ve got a grade-A romantic triangle, one the cast promises will heat up in season 2 (premiering on Netflix on June 6).

“Daya is still in love with Bennett, and she’s an endless romantic still fighting for him, so you’re still going to see that romanticism that everyone loved in season 1,” says Polanco, who promises that fans are going to be “very happy” with how things proceed for the characters’ budding relationship. “The love she has for Bennett is still constant and goes to the next degree.”

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