Netflix decided to pull the plug on its comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black, announcing that the series will come to an end after season seven. The series’ cast members decided to give the news to the fans themselves via a Twitter video.
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018
“After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison,” said series creator Jenji Kohan in a statement. “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.“
The season seven of the series is set to premiere in summer of 2019.
“During the production of Season 1, 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,” said VP of Original Content for Netflix Cindy Holland in a statement.
“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.”
Orange Is the New Black premiered in 2013, revolving around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman who gets sentenced to spend 15 months in a minimum-security women’s federal prison. The show immediately became a hit with both the audience and critics and stands as the most watched Netflix’s original series. The enthusiasm for the show, however, started dropping, which probably caused the decision to end it.
Besides Schilling, the cast of Orange Is the New Black also includes Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Aduba, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney, and Nick Sandow.