The buzz may have died down on Arrested Development, but Netflix still has more promising original series on the horizon. And from the looks of this new trailer, Orange is the New Black — a dramedy about an upper class woman sentenced to 15 months in a correctional facility, from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan — the streaming service may have another hit on its hands.
Orange is the New Black stars Atlas Shrugged: Part 1's Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman — a fictionalized version of real-life memoirist Piper Kerman, who wrote about her experience in a book of the same title.
"My name is Piper Chapman. I carried a suitcase of drug money, once, 10 years ago," says Schilling in the trailer, which also offers a brief glimpse into the character's life behind bars, as she acclimates to a world that includes communal showers, nasty guards, and prison wives.
So far, the critical response to Netflix's original series has varied wildly, from the generally positive (House of Cards) to the mixed (Arrested Development) to the terrible (Hemlock Grove). Where will Orange is the New Black fall on the spectrum? We'll find out when Netflix makes all 13 episodes of the show available to stream on July 11.
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