In 2014, Orange Is the New Black got renewed for a third season a month before the second even premiered. In 2015, the same happened, only two months early. And this year, Netflix is re-upping its truly essential series more than four months early—and for three whole seasons.
The show is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, who wrote about her 13 months in jail; by Season 7, the series will have been running for six years.
Showrunner and series creator Jenji Kohan (Weeds) will stick around for Season 5, 6 and 7. Here's what she had to say in a statement (via EW):
“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks, Netflix! Both thanks and you’re welcome Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers … with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!”
Orange Is the New Black Season 4 premieres June 17.