Orange Is The New Black

Available On Netflix Streaming In July

Orange Is the New Black
Credit: Netflix

Netflix streaming has stopped publishing its RSS feed of upcoming shows and movies that will be available on their service.  However, they do still occasionally publish some of their more anticipated content. 

In July all eyes are focused on what will be Netflix’s fifth original show, Orange is the New Black.  Orange is the New Black joins the stable of Netflix original shows Lillyhammer, House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and a new season of Arrested Development.

OITNB is produced by Jenji Kohan, most noted as the producer of the hit series Weeds.  Like Weeds, OITNB is a comedy-drama series.  All 13 episodes will be available to stream on Netflix on July 11, 2013.

The show is based on the book, Orange Is The New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison written by Piper Kerman.   The show stars, Taylor Schilling and Jason Biggs. 

The show follows the plot of Ms. Kerman’s memoir which chronicles her time spent in a ‘white collar’ prison in Danbury, Connecticut where she served 15 months in 2004-2005 for money laundering and drug trafficking. 

The topic of petty crime and the petty criminals that have their own subculture is familiar grounds for Jenji Kohan who covered the fictional version of this demographic in the pot dealing suburbanite in Weeds. 

With so many American imprisoned OITNB may give some insight into the workings of a prison from a woman’s perspective.  If the show stays true to the book then the plot lines will be more about the inherent good that exists in the prisoners than the assumed malevolence many would expect of the incarcerated. 

As with all shows Netflix produces, they will release all 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black at once on July 11th.  This will allow viewers to binge watch or space their viewing out as they see fit. 

Netflix shows have run the gamut of the disappointment of Hemlock Grove to the knocked it out of the park success of House of Cards.  Where Orange Is the New Black will fall in this spectrum remains to be seen but you will be able to weigh in on the 11th and see for yourself. 


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The Fall

Gillian Anderson

The Fall

One of the side benefits of Netflix expanding into countries like Ireland is some of the great BBC content they now have access to.

One of these great shows out of Northern Ireland is, The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame.  In, The Fall, she plays a police profiler on the hunt for a serial killer on the loose in Northern Ireland.

*A little known fact, is that, Gillian Anderson naturally speaks with a British accent.  She can effortlessly change between a British and an American accent as the part she is playing requires.  Those of you familiar with her character of Scully from the X-Files may find her British accent a bit jarring at first. 

The Fall consists of 5 episodes, each over an hour-long.  The acting is top-notch and the writing and character development are sure to please any crime drama aficionado. 

If you like the other Netflix BBC offerings such as, Sherlock or Luther, be sure to check out, The Fall, available on Netflix streaming.