Just days after unloading its third season of House of Cards Netflix has announced a June 12 premiere for season three of Orange is the New Black.
The streaming service also revealed June 26 as the start date for “What Happened, Miss Simone,” a biographical documentary about singer Nina Simone directed by Liz Garbus, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
When we last left the ladies of Litchfield Prison in “OITNB,” Taystee, Black Cindy, Jenae and Poussey were relaxed not having to deal with Vee – who was run over by the escaping, terminally-ill Rosa and may or may not be dead. But Crazy Eyes was mourning the loss of Vee…the only one who understood her crazy. Also, Big Boo and Nicky agreed to take over Vee’s former heroin stash for their own side hustle.
Meanwhile, Piper was getting over the budding relationship between ex fiancé Larry and former best friend Polly, and was instrumental in putting her former lesbian lover Alex back into Litchfield.
Cast member Laura Prepon (Alex), whose role in Season 2 was limited, will return next season as a regular cast member, reports CinemaBlend.com. One notable new cast member is the multi-hyphenate stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia, who is taking on an unknown role. The same level of secrecy is being given to the new role that Mary Steenburgen will be playing. Fringe actress Blair Brown also signed on in an undisclosed role.
Piper’s ex-fiancé Larry will be completely M.I.A., as actor Jason Biggs left the show after the second season. Alysia Reiner won’t be coming back, nor will Pablo “Pornstache” Schreiber (who has a role on the HBO comedy “The Brink”) or Diane “Ramos” Guerrero (who has a role on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin”).