Farewell, Litchfield! 'Orange Is the New Black' Will End With Season 7
It's the end of an era for Netflix's hit series 'Orange Is The New Black' with the announcement that season 7 will be its last.
Inspired by Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, OITNB was one of the streaming platform's first scripted series, debuting in 2013 and reportedly set to conclude with 2019's Season 7.
The shock news was announced in a video on OITNB's Twitter page today, which featured cast members such as Danielle Brooks, Adrienne C. Moore, Uzo Aduba, Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and Kate Mulgrew as they revealed that the final chapter of the series was imminent.
Series creator Jenji Kohan also released a statement confirming that the show's seventh season would be its last, saying:
“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.”
Cindy Holland, Netflix's vice president of original content, had this to say:
"During production of season one, everyone involved with Orange Is The New Black felt like we knew a special secret we couldn't wait to share with the world. Since then, we have laughed, cried, raged, and roared with the women of Litchfield, and every moment spent with them felt like borrowed time -- too good to last forever,"
"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 conversations and connected audiences around the world," she added.
The 16-time Emmy nominated dramedy received 12 nods and one win for Best Comedy for its first season. It also included a nomination for Laverne Cox, who become the first transgender person to ever be nominated for an Emmy.
The final season of Orange Is The New Black will debut on Netflix in 2019.