Orange is the New Black Season 2 has started filming, sparking excitement among fans who have praised the first season of the latest series from Netflix.
The news was revealed by Matt McGorry, who plays guard Bennett for the hit series. The actor spoke in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying that the filming for the new season started on Monday.
He told the publication: "I should be getting a script any day, which as a fan, I'm very excited about.
"What Netflix has done and the risks they've taken are just kind of incredible, and I think not having to worry about ratings has allowed us to create a product that's probably taken more risks than many others."
The latest original Netflix series delighted fans when it was released last month, and comes following the huge success of House of Cards, which has been critically-acclaimed.
The comedy-drama only premiered on Netflix on July 11, 2013 with 13 episodes for its Season 1. However, it has become an instant hit among Netflix subscribers, and the series' makers were so confident in its success that they gave it the nod for a second season before Season 1 was even released to the public.
The first season revolves around the story of Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, who is dragged in to a situation from the past regarding drug possession and a suitcase full of drug money belonging to an international drug smuggler – who also just happens to be an ex-lover. Schilling is sent to federal prison, where the series is set, and the season then goes on to explore the difficulties encountered with prison life.
The comedy series does touch on some serious issues, such as race, class and mental health, but it's balancing act between addressing real issues and finding comedic ways of telling stories around them have made the series a big hit.
The Washington Post's Dylan Matthews heaped praise on the new series, saying it was "the best TV show about prison ever made."
Mashable's Nora Grenfell also described that Orange is the New Black was what "Netflix was made for."
"Orange is the New Black" stars Laura Prepon as Alex Vause (Chapmman's former girlfriend), Michael J. Harney as Sam Healy (prison manager), Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette (Chapman's former roommate), Kate Mulgrew as Galina 'Red' Reznikov (prison-mate), and Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom (Chapman's fiancé).
It has already been rumored that Taryn Manning, who stars as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett in Season 1, will also be returning for season 2, and most of the main characters would be returning, with the possibility of some new additions.
Some rumors have suggested that some special guests may get the go ahead to appear on the upcoming season of the hit Netflix show.
Here is a video trailer for Orange is the New Black, with Season 1 available on Netflix for subscribers: