As “Orange Is the New Black” heads into its final season, plans are apparently afoot to continue the saga that started behind bars in Litchfield Correctional Institution.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, discussions are reportedly underway between Netflix and the show’s studio, Lionsgate Television, to create a spinoff.
That info was revealed during an earnings call on Thursday, with Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs telling reporters, “We’re really proud of the long run that ‘Orange Is the New Black’ had. It remains one of Netflix’s most-watched shows. We’re ending on a high note. Keep in mind we own that series and will be distributing it for years to come. We’re already in discussions and, when the timing is right, we’ll talk further with [series creator] Jenji [Kohan] about a potential sequel.”
This summer, “OITNB” exec producer Tara Herrmann told THR that there were several TV spinoff ideas being explored, in addition to a potential Broadway production. Among the ideas on the table were series following couples Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs) and Polly Harper (Maria Dizzia), or Cal (Michael Chernus) and Carol Chapman (Deborah Rush).
However, Herrmann expressed concerns that announcing a spinoff before the series’ conclusion would feel like “robbing from the mothership. We want people to pay attention to the show we’re making, not a musical number with Piper and Alex. But that could happen in the future, who knows!”
Meanwhile, the final season of “Orange Is the New Black” will debut sometime in 2019.