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The end of era (which for me already ended halfway through season 3)!

Deadline reported on Wednesday that Netflix’s Emmy-award winning drama Orange Is the New Black will end after its forthcoming seventh season. Netflix announced the series’ termination in a tweet which features many of the show’s cast members:

Series creator Jenji Kohan put the news this way, “After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.” Ending with a cheesy prison metaphor…alright!

Vice President of Original Content for Netflix Cindy Holand says, “We will be sad to say goodbye but we will definitely be going out on a high. We are grateful to Jenji Kohan and her groundbreaking vision; to her supremely talented team of writers and producers; and to a once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew for creating a truly special work of art that has inspired conversation and connected audiences around the world.”

Ready for even more adulation? Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs thinks “Orange is the New Black has profoundly impacted popular culture worldwide, and has played a prominent role in building Lionsgate into a platform-defining brand.” Two birds with one stone.

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OITNB was of course created by Kohan but based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. The show features a seriously talented cast and is mainly set in Litchfield Minimum Security Prison where it follows the lives the women incarcerated within, in addition to staff and management.

Season 7 premiers in summer 2019.