Sneak Peek: Weeds Creator Finds Lock-Up LOLs in the Prison Dramedy Orange Is the New Black

“I have been felt up, stalked and called Taylor Swift.”

So says Piper Kerman (played by Mercy‘s Taylor Schilling) of her time in prison in Orange Is the New Black, the new Netflix series from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan.

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Based on the memoir of the same name, Orange follows the upper-middle-class Piper after a decade-old involvement with a drug runner (That ’70s Show‘s Laura Prepon) earns her a year-long jail sentence.

Jason Biggs (American Pie), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) and Pablo Schrieber (Weeds) co-star in the series, all 13 episodes of which will premiere on Netflix on Thursday, July 11.

Press PLAY on the video below to get a peek behind bars and scroll down for a look at the series’ poster, then hit the comments: Are you looking forward to Kohan’s Orange foray?

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  1. John says:

    I’ll check it out. It won me over when Rilo Kiley started to play.

  2. Jase says:

    Looks awful.

  3. EJ says:

    Jodie Foster directed an episode.

  4. Kresh says:

    I am going to watch a episode and see if it is any good, I really like the humor that weed had, maybe this will also have some of that crazy fun that weeds had and it’s always good to have some drama mixed in :)

  5. madhatter360 says:

    I liked the book. I’ll check it out.

  6. Midori says:

    Kate Mulgrew looks great in it, other than that… ehhh.

  7. Lisa says:

    The cast seems to be good but I can’t see how theyll keep the show all that funny if it takes place solely in a prison. Eventually they’ll run out of prison humor right? But I love Kohan and Weeds so I’ll check it out

    • Warren says:

      Kohan loves shaking a show up, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they left prison and the show continued. That was one of my favorite things about Weeds- whether it worked or not, she wasn’t afraid to keep changing the show. Ill definitely watch this.

  8. abby says:

    this looks kind of amazing! i loved her in mercy.

  9. Delirious says:

    I’m hoping Laura Prepon has a bigger part in it than the promo shows…

  10. CJ says:

    Definitely going to watch this. As a big fan of Weeds, I can see some of the same style in this. Looks like it has a pretty great cast, too.

  11. Sareeta says:

    Looks awesome and seems like the kind of show I’d expect to see on Showtime. I’ll definitely check it out.

    There was a British show called Bad Girls that was about female inmates and was quite good. It was more of a drama, but definitely had some comedic elements. It was supposed to get adapted for FX; wonder what happened with that…

  12. rebecca says:

    what is the song at the start on the ep