Netflix doesn’t seem to follow any particular pattern when it comes to renewals, sometimes announcing them before new seasons hit the streaming service, sometimes during the season run and sometimes after.
The popular subscription streaming service revealed on Wednesday that its hit prison-oriented drama, Orange is the New Black, will officially be returning for Season 4. Netflix displays a lot of confidence in the dramedy, as Jenji Kohan’s series hasn’t even premiered its third season, yet. The season 3 premiere is set to debut on June 12.
The critically acclaimed show follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a bisexual woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in a women’s prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.
OITNB has won huge acclaim for its diverse, LGBT-inclusive cast, including out comedian Lea DeLaria and trans actress Laverne Cox. The series has already earned three Emmy awards since it premiered in July 2013 as well as receiving multiple awards from the NAACP and LGBT media group GLAAD.
Uzo Aduba, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Crazy Eyes on the show, said on Wednesday morning that season four filming would start as early as June.
Orange Is the New Black The series was adapted from Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, and Kerman has used the show’s popularity to highlight flaws in the US criminal justice system.
Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy for her supporting role last year – though she lost out on the award.
Fans of the show will undoubtedly be left with another cliff-hanger at the end of this season which means patiently waiting several months for season four is expected to air in summer 2016.
Watch a trailer for the third season below: