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."
When Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly stood in front of reporters in January and proclaimed the death of pilot season, he drew a good amount of ribbing from the competition.
Reilly was making the case for torching the broadcast primetime model as we know it — starting with the annual tradition of everyone developing everything all at once. It was a grand pronouncement, particularly in an industry that talks big but can rarely turn on a dime. Nonetheless, change is afoot, and Reilly's not the only one flipping the script.
Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White
You wouldn't compare a McDonald's Extra Value Meal to an expensive dinner at a five-star restaurant. But that's the predicament Emmy Awards voters increasingly face in such key categories as comedy and drama. (Nominations will be announced July 10; NBC airs the ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, on August 25.)
As primetime splinters into subgenres, shows with little in common must compete in the same races, and there's no room at all for plenty of popular shows, particularly from the broadcast networks...
Kerry Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch
Kerry Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan are among the 100 Most Influential People, according to Time magazine.
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Entertainment Weekly has shared the first scene from Orange Is the New Black's anticipated second season. In it, we learn that Piper (Taylor Schilling) has gone a little off the deep end since being placed in solitary following her altercation with Pennsatucky. But hey, at least she's developing her art skills!
Are you ready to return to Litchfield?
With the second season premiere just around the corner, now's the perfect time to look back on on Orange Is the New Black's addictive debut season. To help with all your catch-up needs, Season 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD May 13.
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The three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets will feature all 13 episodes, plus a much-anticipated gag reel, episode commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and interviews with cast members, creator Jenji Kohanand author Piper Kerman.
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.
Orange Is the New Black fans can officially stop worrying about Alex.
After months of rumors that Laura Prepon, who plays Piper's manipulative former lover and fellow inmate, would not play a big role in Season 2, series creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan says otherwise.
"Yes, yes, she is...
Laura Prepon may be returning for more Orange Is the New Black episodes, Buzzfeed.com reports.
Prepon, who was slated to appear in just one episode of the second season, will now appear in...
Orange is the New Black
Our obsession with Orange Is the New Black is well-documented, which is why we understand your pain counting seemingly endless days until it returns to Netflix in 2014. To help ease the wait, we spoke to the cast and creator Jenji Kohan at New York's PaleyFest on Wednesday to find out what's to come, including post-freakout Piper, more Crazy Eyes and Laura Prepon's rumored exit.