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Watch Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Vicky Jeudy In 1st Trailer For 'Orange Is the New Black'

Television
by Tambay A. Obenson
June 6, 2013 5:24 PM
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Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Vicky Jeudy, Samira Wiley

In case you haven't been paying attention, Netflix is the new HBO. At least, that's what they've been saying on The Street.

2 months ago, the online movie/TV series rental (streaming/DVD) service reported 29.17 million domestic subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, surpassing HBO for the first time ever!

If you think about it, Netflix is really like a premium cable TV channel. You get a library of movies and TV shows accessible to you whenever you want to watch them (similar to a cable TV network's on-demand service), and now, following HBO, Showtime and others, Netflix is backing its own original content. 

One key difference between Netflix and the premium cablers is that the company isn't part of some giant media conglomerate (HBO is owned by Time Warner for example).

But following the release of one of the best drama series I've watched in a long time (the American version of House Of Cards which Netflix debuted in February), and, most recently, its Twilight-esque Hemlock Grove (which I just haven't been able to get into), Netflix announced will premiere another new original series, titled Orange Is the New Black, on Thursday, July 11, 2013. 

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 from will be available at launch. "Binge-watching" is the term.

I mention this new series because its key cast includes a number of black actors, including Danielle BrooksSamira Wiley, Vicky Jeudy, Lolita Foster, Michelle Hurst, Uzo Aduba, Adrienne C. Moore and Laverne Cox.

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. 

A first trailer for the series has debuted and is embedded below:

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12 Comments

  • Nay | July 30, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    If ya'll would watch the show you'd see that this isn't racist at all. And since when can only black people tell the story of black people? This show addresses so many issues within our community and prison culture. You learn about the struggles of black people, white people, latinas, and the LGBT community. Each of those groups get equal representation and none are dehumanized in any way by the writer, Jenji Kohan. Piper isn't the protagonist at all, nor is the writer putting her character on a pedestal, her privilege as a white woman is brought up many times in the plot. The story may have begun with her but so many are told because of it.

  • CareyCarey | June 7, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    I wonder who among the S&A crowd are "Orange Jumpsuit" alumni? Well... I'll wait while I raise my hand. But in the interim, I have a little story.

    One day while I was processing in my new home at an Illinois correctional facilty, I noticed a familiar face handing me my new wardrobe (a bright orange jumpsuit). I said, "Hey girl, I haven't seen you in a while, where you been?" DUH! We were both locked up. She was doing time in Illinois while I was elsewhere.

    Anyway, although I have Netflix, I won't be tuning in to this series. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I sneak a peak at prison shows like MSNBC's "Lockup", but it's purely by happenstance. You know, as I am sitting in my fart sack channel checking, I might stop on an image of a guy with blood running down his face... and think, what the hell is going on in that joint? But then, after a few minutes I am off to see what other nonsense I can spend my time on. But with Netflix I have to consciously request or find the new Blacks and Whites in orange jumpsuits. So nope-nope-nope, been there and done that and there's nothing for me to gain by watching chicks in chains... and I've burned my relapse suit.

    "But CareyCarey, there's more black faces on tv and they need our support"

    Just yesterday I dropped off a few items at the Salvation Army and Goodwill Store. Also, at the Goodwill I purchased an extension cord for $2.38 and a new computer chair for $15. 38. I hope the items I dropped off and the money I spent reaches those who need it the most.

  • AC | June 7, 2013 3:05 AMReply

    I could tell it's from the creator of Weeds because it's a white women doing something "colored" like selling drugs or going to jail. All to acknowledge how wrong she was and how others like her are in the predicament they're in because it's their fault and not the system or structural inequalities. Another post-racial gem.

  • SickofThisShit | June 6, 2013 11:13 PMReply

    Looks frickin racist

  • Penny Whtie | July 17, 2013 12:21 AM

    It IS frickin' racist! I could only get through the first half hour. Here's the premise: Isn't it HILARIOUS to see a civilized WHITE woman attempting to live among these brown, black, and poor savages? How funny! An upper middle class white lady in prison! What a hoot! Disgusting. Even I could see that and I AM an upper middle class white lady.

  • fc1983 | July 11, 2013 8:35 PM

    so do you.

  • No | June 6, 2013 7:52 PMReply

    This reminds me of some woman "comedian" who whose schtick is "[Blah-blah] the WASP" or something to that effect. She films herself in "edgy," "ironic" engagements with the "nigguhs" to merely highlight her whitatude. This is just a HBO version of this. Why? Well, we all know why, right?

  • Katie | June 6, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    I find it interesting (and when I mean, "interesting," I mean wack) that a white woman is the protagonist even though BLACK WOMEN are the fastest growing prison population. Once again, whites have found away to push us to the margins and make it all about them. Pathetic.

  • Penny White | July 17, 2013 12:29 AM

    I am so glad I found this site. All I have read are RAVE reviews about this show. So I was completely unprepared for the crap that followed. The "humor" is based on this delicate little white lady surviving among the "savages". It isn't it CUTE how out of PLACE she looks? I was so sickened by what I was watching I had to turn it off. But then I felt like there must be something wrong with me, cuz not a single review I read indicated that this show was racist. I started to think I was a little nutz. So I googled "orange is the new black-racist" and I found this site. Thank You for letting me know I am not crazy. Oh - and by the way - I am an upper middle class white lady. And I don't think a black woman from a poor neighborhood "belongs' in prison any more than I do. But who is more likely to end up there? Even if I commit a crime and she does not - who is more likely to go to jail? I know the answer. ESPECIALLY after the Trayvon verdict. This show just feeds into the idea that black and brown people are "naturally" criminal while white people are virginal little flowers. And that's what got Trayvon killed in the first place. Grrrrr.

  • arcadio | July 11, 2013 8:29 PM

    First of all, no self-respecting black woman has ever been named "Katie." Okaaaay? Did you, after you wrote that ridiculous comment, bother to go back and re-read it? No you did not. Because if you did, you would have probably noticed that you missed the forest for the trees BIG time. Black women are the fastest growing prison population in the US. Okay, Katie? THAT IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE UPSET ABOUT. Not the fact that some white chick is the protagonist. People need to start taking some damn responsibility for themselves and stop blaming Caucasians for every damn thing. That, KATIE, is what's really pathetic.

  • PhredG | June 6, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    WHOOO! Makes me think about SUBSCRIBING. "all CHEEKBONY" LOL

  • Winston | June 6, 2013 5:38 PMReply

    Where's the usual majority white cast we're so used to with these white-actor-led series? I saw a lot of faces-of-color in that trailer-- oh yeah, it's about jail, so of course they had to make it "realistic".

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