Netflix doesn’t seem to follow any particular pattern when it comes to renewals, sometimes announcing them before new seasons hit the streaming service and sometimes after. Today the subscription streaming service has stated that its hit prison-oriented drama, Orange is the New Black, will officially be returning for Season 4. That shows a lot of confidence in the dramedy, as Jenji Kohan’s series hasn’t even premiered its third season, yet.
So, Season 4 is definitely happening, but the announcement was made so early that most of the details regarding next season will have to wait. Netflix is currently even staying mum about how many episodes Season 4 will get—the first two seasons had 13 episodes, while Season 3 was picked up for 14 episodes. We do know that Season 4 won’t hit the schedule until 2016, and if the show follows its usual trajectory, we should be seeing new episodes during the summertime.
Although Season 4 details aren’t set in stone, yet, there’s already plenty to look forward to. Orange is the New Black Season 3 is set to hit the schedule on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Recently, Netflix even released the first full trailer for the new episodes, which highlights the return of Alex Vause and the noticeable absence of Larry Bloom.
To celebrate the big renewal news, Netflix also released a brand new clip from Orange is the New Black's third season, which features a bit of a row at a lunch table.
Orange is the New Black is not the only big program headed to Netflix this summer. The streaming service also has a slew of comedy specials, as well as new shows Grace and Frankie and Sense8 premiering over the next few months. And let’s not forget about the Wet Hot American Summer revival, which hits the schedule a few weeks after the Orange is the New Black premiere, on July 18.
In the meantime, here’s what we know about Orange is the New Black Season 3. If you’d like to learn when your other summer favorites are returning, you can check out our full summer TV premiere schedule .
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