September 13, 2013 |
"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I got clean, I spent many years in and out of jails and correctional institutions. I did a short stint at New York City's Rikers Island in 1995, and participated in a six-month alternative-to-incarceration program administered by the Women's Prison Assn.
September 11, 2013 |
By cultural indications, the Netflix original series 'Orange Is the New Black' appears to be a hit. The prison comedy, based on Piper Kerman's autobiography about her 15-month incarceration in a federal correctional facility on a decade-old drug offense, has garnered extensive media coverage -- and a parody photo featuring the puppets from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q. " But the precise size of its audience remains cloaked in mystery --...
February 15, 2014 |
"Orange Is the new Black" will be returning for a second season on June 6, Netflix confirmed on Saturday. The announcement was tucked onto the end of the second-season finale of "House of Cards," the full 13 episodes of which went live on Netflix at midnight PST. A brief teaser trailer, embedded above, was released, but few details or hints as to what viewers may expect in the second season were revealed. Also unknown at press time is how the president feels about the series. Barack Obama's TV tastes became national news when he asked via Twitter that no one spoil "House of Cards" for the Oval Office viewing audience . Jenji Kohan's women-in-prison comedy-drama, an adaptation of Piper Kerman's memoir, which chronicled her yearlong stint in federal prison, earned its lead, Taylor Schilling, a Golden Globe nomination in its first season.
August 15, 2013 |
An hourlong comedy about women in prison. Released in summer. Without the requisite big-name lead. On Netflix. Television just does not get any more experimental than that. And, as Mary McNamara and Yvonne Villarreal discuss in this week's Talking TV video, "Orange Is the New Black" proves precisely why experiments are so important. Lacking the A-list hype (Kevin Spacey! Robin Wright!) surrounding "House of Cards" and the anticipatory lovefest that led up to the resurrection of "Arrested Development," Jenji Kohan's adaptation of Piper Kerman's memoir, also called "Orange Is the New Black," not only seems buzzier than both those shows combined, it's way more important.
June 19, 2013 |
There's something to be said about being a walking billboard. Jenji Kohan, best known for being the creator of Showtime's "Weeds," fully embraces the task. Her nails - hands and toes - are coated in an orange hue. Her short hair is dizzied up with orange streaks. "I don't know how this Netflix promotion works," Kohan joked. "I'm just trying to spread the word anyway I can. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The 43-year-old writer-producer is at the helm of Netflix's latest commission to roll out this year: "Orange Is the New Black.
July 11, 2013 |
"Orange is the New Black. " Jenji Kohan's serialized adaptation of Piper Kerman's memoir about doing time in a women's prison, proves that Netflix isn't just delivering original content in a unique way (i.e. a season at a time). It's also delivering unique content. Smart, funny and surprisingly moving, "Orange is the New Black" dares to suggest that the pretty, white, middle-class gal that television so loves to position as an Everywoman is nothing of the kind. As Piper Chapman, Taylor Shilling has all the high-maintenance, obliviously entitled tics down pat. Having finally gotten her life together -- the nice apartment, the devoted boyfriend, the artisanal soap business -- Piper is more than a little outraged that she is going to be punished for the youthful "indiscretion" of carrying drug money for an former drug-dealing girlfriend.