With Netflix picking up 14 Primetime Emmy nominations on Thursday, all eyes are now on the Internet television production and streaming website – coinciding with the release of their newest episodic hit, Orange is the New Black.
The show follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose past relationship tangled her in a drug smuggling ring and caused her to self-surrender to an all-female correctional facility. Comprised of present day and flashback shots, this show brings a whole new meaning to a timeline dramedy.
The ensemble is propelled with former stars, like Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show) and Jason Biggs (American Pie), and introduces a bunch of new names – particularly, Uzo Aduba, a Medfield High School graduate, like myself. It’s nice to see a hometown girl make it big – especially with all the critical buzz around this show.
Jenji Kohan, the mastermind behind Weeds, is the showrunner for this innovative series that deals with the often-tabooed subject of the inner-workings of the prison system – specifically all-female correctional facilities.
The show has already been picked up for a second season, so it seems as though Piper will be sporting an orange jumpsuit for quite a bit longer.
Side note: the opening theme was written and performed by one of my favorite artists, Regina Spektor. Take a listen to “You’ve Got Time.”