Launched several hours ahead of schedule in the United States, the entire third season of Orange is the New Black is now available to watch on Netflix’s streaming service. Originally scheduled to launch on Friday at midnight, Netflix announced the launch of the popular drama on Twitter. The tweet reads “Attention inmates! Orange Is the New Black season 3 is out on early release. #OrangeCon.” Cast member Uzo Aduba also chimed in on Twitter with a tweet that read “The entire season @OITNB is live on @netflix right. NOW. Enjoy! #OITNB #OrangeCon #321GO.”
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) June 12, 2015
This early launch coincides with the OrangeCon event currently ongoing in New York City. That event, by invitation only, includes panels that host cast members such as Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Lea Delaria and Uzo Aduba. Besides panel discussions, fans at that event were able to watch the first episode of the season as well as get autographs from the cast members.
Of course, this isn’t the first Netflix-exclusive series to premiere this month. Just a week ago, science fiction drama Sense8 launched on Netflix’s streaming service. Next month, Netflix will launch an original comedy series from Chris Tucker as well as the second season of animated series BoJack Horseman and the Wet Hot American Summer series.
It’s also possible that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will make an appearance on Netflix before the end of the year. Due to the rampant popularity of the Daredevil reboot on Netflix, it’s likely that the remaining Netflix shows planned by Marvel will receive high priority. Of course, those shows also have to fall in line with existing story lines in Marvel’s overall cinematic universe.