Orange Is the New Black already has one foot on the door, but its eying a way back into the room already. The Netflix show, which will come to an end with its upcoming seventh season, is reportedly getting the spinoff treatment. Kevin Beggs, chairman of the Lionsgate TV group, which produces the Emmy-winning series, said in a recent earnings call that hes in talks with show creator Jenji Kohan about making another series set in the Litchfield universe, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“We're really proud of the long run that Orange Is the New Black had,” the exec said during an earnings call. “It remains one of Netflix's most-watched shows. Were ending on a high note. Keep in mind we own that series and will be distributing it for years to come. Were already in discussions and, when the timing is right, well talk further with Jenji about a potential sequel.”
Sources tell T.H.R. that nothing official is in the works yet, though ideas have been bandied about. Netflix has not commented on the news. In an interview with T.H.R. in July, O.I.T.N.B. executive producer Tara Herrmann did say that the team had entertained several spinoff ideas, such as a Broadway production, or a jaunt into the lives of couples like Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs) and Polly Harper (Maria Dizzia), or the hippie-dippie Cal (Michael Chernus) and Carol Chapman (Deborah Rush). But Herrmann stressed that these are only ideas for now, especially since the main show is still ongoing.
“We want people to pay attention to the show were making, not a musical number with Piper and Alex,” she said. “But that could happen in the future. Who knows!”
Considering her suggestions, it seems safe to assume that the spinoff would most likely take place outside of prison walls. The show has excelled at stringing together a constellation of compelling characters, so tossing an entire series to one of them seems like a natural next step—even if our age of relentless spinoffs and reboots knocks some of the shine off this idea. But considering how the shows audience feels about characters like Larry Bloom—sorry, Biggs!—one can only hope Kohan and co. dont go that route.
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