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Netflix, Lionsgate TV Closing Deal For Jenji Kohan’s ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Comedy

11-11-2011, 02:51 PM
I have learned that after lengthy negotiations, Netflix is finalizing a deal with Lionsgate TV for a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Orange Is The New Black, a comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. This marks the second original series for Netflix, which earlier this year gave a 26-episode straight-to-series pickup to MRC’s David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards. Kohan’s project, which falls under her rich overall deal with Lionsgate TV, revolves around women in prison and is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison. The book chronicles nonprofit communications executive Kerman’s year-long stint at the minimum security correctional facility in Danbury, Conn., stemming from a conviction for her part in a drug smuggling and money-laundering scheme she got tangled up in 10 years earlier as a fresh college graduate.


11-18-2011, 08:15 PM

New 'Arrested Development' episodes coming to Netflix

The Bluths are back.

For the first time since "Arrested Development" was canceled in 2006, the dysfunctional and ethically challenged Southern California clan will return for all new episodes.

The show will be available exclusively to Netflix members beginning in 2013.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce the show.

The move is a huge boost to Netflix, which has been trying to establish a presence in the original content world. Last summer, the subscription service beat out the likes of HBO for the rights to the David Fincher and Kevin Spacey political series "House of Cards."

The cult hit aired for three seasons, 2003-2006, on Fox and won an Emmy for best comedy. Showtime had reportedly been pursuing rights to air the show, as well.