There's a lot going on in Season 2 of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, and very little of it has to do with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who is ostensibly the show's protagonist. Creator Jenji Kohan made no secret of the fact that plot lines were going to be more equally distributed in the sophomore season, pulling the focus away from Piper and allowing other characters like Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) and newcomer Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) to move into the spotlight. But Schilling says she frankly didn't even notice the difference.
"I felt like it was hard to even know that there was less of it, because what was happening felt so dynamic, and it felt like the character of Piper was moving in such an interesting way," the Emmy-nominated Schilling tells TVGuide.com. "That's what I was focused on."
Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley
Taystee and Poussey had quite a roller-coaster relationship in Orange Is the New Black's second season. So how did Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley, who are good friends in real life, feel about the decision to break their characters up? TVGuide.com caught up with both women to chat about their arc Season 2, as well as their hopes for Season 3.
Lorraine Toussaint, Kate Mulgrew
Orange Is the New Black's second season was all about family. At the center of this were two very different women struggling to create and maintain their prison support systems. But while Red (Kate Mulgrew) learned the importance of humility in her quest to win back her girls, Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) was focused only on one thing -- survival -- no matter how much it harmed those closest to her.
[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Orange Is the New Black Season 2, Episode 2. Read at your own risk.]
After becoming a fan favorite in Season 1, Danielle Brooks was upped to series regular on Orange Is the New Black and finally given her own flashback episode this year. The heartbreaking first glimpse at Taystee's (nee Tasha Jefferson) past set the entire second season in motion and added some depth to Litchfield's class clown.
Brooks spoke to TVGuide.com about Taystee's history with Vee (Lorraine Toussaint), her character's hopes for the future and the struggles of being mean to Samira Wiley (Poussey).
Jason Biggs, Taylor Schilling
It's been almost a year since we first binge-watched Orange Is the New Black. (As for how many times we've watched it in its entirety since then, we prefer to remain mum). On Friday, the Netflix series finally returns for its anticipated second season. So what better time to look back on where we left off and what's next for our favorite convicts!
Piper (Taylor Schilling)
Where we left off: Dumped by Larry and Alex, Piper brutally...
Kate Mulgrew, Lorraine Toussaint
Watch out, ladies of Litchfield! At Friday night's Paley Festival panel for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, fans learned more about the newest inmate who will join Piper (Taylor Schilling) & Co. behind bars.
Laura Prepon, Taylor Schilling
It's almost here!
Orange Is the New Black will return to Netflix on Friday, June 6.
The announcement first came in an ad following the House of Cards Season 2 finale, which was released Friday.
After getting pretty dark last year (never say the word Q-Tip to us again), Girls' third season, which premieres Sunday at 10/9c on HBO is refreshingly light. Maybe it's because for once when the girls are faced with obstacles, such as death and depression, they don't sit around whining like victims of circumstance. Instead, Season 3 finds the girls taking charge of their lives. Or at least trying to.
"Because it's Girls, I wouldn't say they're necessarily doing it in the ...
Danielle Brooks with Uzo Aduba and Oh Honey
This week, in order to get into the Christmas spirit, Orange Is the New Black stars Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba recorded a holiday medley, and someone made a mashup video of Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) singing "Let It Snow." Also, Olympic diver Tom Daley posed a coming-out video, an adorable 4-year-old boy named Noah got over his embarrassment about wearing glasses on the Today show, and Steve Coogan did some spot-on celebrity impersonations for Ellen DeGeneres. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Though Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks) are often cited as Orange Is the New Black's biggest scene stealers, we hold a special place in our heart for Lorna Morello (Yael Stone).There's just something about the delusional van driver and her bizarre (Boston? Brooklyn?) accent that is completely endearing, even when she's insisting on the validity of "knifes" as a word.
But beyond these few things, we barely know Morello. Thankfully, Stone says that will change when the second season premieres on Netflix in 2014. "For all of the characters, there really is a flowering of detail. So that's a really exciting thing that's happening. We're learning a lot of little secrets and I think people will enjoy it," Stone tells TVGuide.com.