Netflix Announces Orange Is The New Black Will End After Next Series
Orange is the New Black will come to an end after series seven, Netflix has confirmed.
The news was revealed on the online streaming giant's official Twitter account, with cast members Uzo Aduba and Taylor Schilling promising it would go out with a bang.
Women's prison drama OITNBI first launched back in 2013 and quickly became Netflix's most-streamed original series, earning 12 prime time Emmy nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
The drama follows the lives of inmates at Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, before season six saw many of the characters moved to the Maximum Security Prison following a riot.
"After seven series, it's time to be released from prison," Jenji Kohan, series creater said. "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."
Vice president of original content for Netflix, Cindy Holland, added: "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.
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"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."
The show was based on 2010 memoir Orange is the New Black: My First Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman and has been praised for tackling difficult issues such as race, gender and sexuality, as well as its portrayal of prisoners from a huge range of different backgrounds.
It's thought that the final series will hit Netflix in summer 2019.
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