Netflix says it will launch its latest original series Orange is the New Black on Thursday, 11th July 2013.
Created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), the comic drama starring Taylor Schilling is set in a women’s prison and is based on the U.S. best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman and produced by Lionsgate Television.
The series follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary.
To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates.
“With Orange is the New Black, Jenji Kohan has created a dramatic yet deeply funny world populated with unforgettable characters and no-holds-barred humour set against the backdrop of a women’s prison,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix.
“Jenji is one of the most fearless voices in television and we are proud to share her uncompromising vision with Netflix members.”
Netflix customers in the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics will have access to all thirteen one-hour episodes from launch.