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Lorraine Toussaint Joins Cast Of 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 2

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 29, 2013 3:04 PM
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Lorraine Toussaint
Lorraine Toussaint

I have yet to watch a single episode of Netflix's new original series Orange Is the New Black, which debuted on July 11. However, just about every single person I know who's binge-watched the series, loves it! 

Needless to say, I'll have to check it out eventually. 

In the meantime, you should know that, not only has the series been renewed for a 2nd season, it's beefing up its cast, adding veteran actress Lorraine Toussaint, who will play a character named Vee, described as a street-tough inmate who used to run a drug business, using kids are runners.

Also announced today, Danielle Brooks, who plays a recurring role in season 1, has been promoted to a series regular. 

Created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), the dramedy stars Taylor Schilling and is set in a women's prison. As Netflix did with its previous original series, all thirteen one-hour episodes in the series were made available at launch.

Its key cast includes a number of actresses of African descent, including Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Vicky JeudyLolita Foster, Michelle HurstUzo AdubaAdrienne C. MooreLaverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, and now Lorraine Toussaint.

Here's a synop:

Orange Is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiance Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. 

Clips from the new series, introducing its key characters, featuring Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Dascha Polanco and Vicky Jeudy, are embedded below.

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  • valleydoll | July 30, 2013 7:37 AMReply

    I binged watched the show about a week or 2 ago and I was pleasantly surprised
    I thought some of the characters were kind of "rough", but I also understand that this is based off a true story and it is someones interpertation of these women and their experiences. I think the character Susan aka Crazy Eyes was hilarious! I hope she'll return for S2.

  • Roberto | July 29, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    11 episodes in and I really like the show, however I do find some of the "black" language used cringe-worthy....its not that I don't know some speak like this but it feels overly stereotypical and some of the slang feels corny and dated

  • George | July 29, 2013 11:27 PM

    The slang should feel dated. These women have been in prison, some for years. They don't have access to news. Even the movies they watched inside were old recordings.

  • saadiyah | July 29, 2013 3:47 PMReply

    OITNB is excellent! I was hesitant to check it out because of the assumption that it would be about the White female character with the Black/Brown prop characters. It surprised me big time! There are so many interesting characters and great performances. The lead White character doesn't get interesting until much later in the series and she's still not THE most compelling. I'm glad I gave it a chance. Now I'm impatiently waiting for S2!!

  • SayNay | July 29, 2013 3:44 PMReply

    She'll be a great addition. I binged the entire first season over the weekend and it shut down any initial skepticism I had about the show. Now I'm just sad I have to wait until 2014 for season 2.

  • troy | July 29, 2013 3:41 PMReply

    Bottom line, it's a fantastic show. There are those who, for reasons varying from "Jenji Kohan f*cked up the last 5 seasons of Weeds" to "Oh great another show about a suburban white woman mingling with the minorities and learning about herself" to "Why all the black girls in the trailer gotta have wild hair and bug eyes?," decided this show was going to suck. Much to their surprise, the show, and practically all of the characters who inhabit it, are much more nuanced and complex than that. It's too bad this show was released too late for this year's Emmy consideration (I believe), because it it were, there's a good chance it would shock some folks in the major categories... believe the hype, it's not perfect, but it's still pretty damn good...

  • Tami | July 30, 2013 8:18 AM

    I thought it would suck for all of those reasons lol. But it was very good.
    I think the main character is a great study in white privilege but I was very drawn into the story line.

  • Miles Ellison | July 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    This is an excellent show. Amazing what you can do when you give characters actual dimension.

  • Man-Over-Bored | July 29, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    Which answers the question: Is there any possible way to make "Orange is the New Black" more brilliant?

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