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Netflix's "Orange," WGN's "Salem" Both Renewed

By Garth Franklin Monday May 5th 2014 04:21PM

Both the show's writers and actress Laura Prepon have confirmed that Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" will return for a third season.

Prepon revealed the news via Instagram, the announcement coming a month ahead of the second season's debut on the streaming service on June 6th.

The series follows Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon as exes who reunite behind bars following their decade-old personal and business relationship.

The third season will again consist of 13 episodes. Prepon's role, which is reduced during season two, will be bumped back up to a regular for season three.

While Netflix doesn't release viewership numbers, those on the show have been told the series is the streaming services' "biggest hit" to date.

The new season joins Netflix's bevy of upcoming original shows including third seasons of "House of Cards" and "Lilyhammer"; the fourth season of "The Killing"; new dramas "Grace and Frankie," "Marco Polo," "Sens8" and "Narcos"; and four Marvel-based series starting with "Daredevil".

Meanwhile, WGN America has renewed its first original series, the witch drama "Salem," for a second season.

The series debuted with 3.4 million total viewers and 1.5 million in the key demo in Live+7 ratings. The thirteen-episode second season will begin production later this year for a 2015 debut.

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