Season 6 of Orange is the New Black premiered on Netflix on Friday. Which means, as Danielle Brooks said late last year, “…we’re closer to the end than we are to the beginning”. Seasons 5, 6, and 7 were greenlit at the same time. There’s been no confirmation that season 7 is the conclusion. But in the era of Peak TV, that’s generally what the number is.
While there’s still a lot of time to process what that means and what Orange is the New Black will mean over time, I recommend revisiting Todd VanDerWerff’s piece in Vox from a couple of years ago that compared OITNB to The Sopranos and the impact each series has had on their respective networks. His position is this: OITNB is to Netflix what The Sopranos was to HBO. Consider too that OITNB has been airing in tandem with a conversation that has exploded into public consciousness, about storytelling and about centering, specifically, women, in those stories. And think of all the stories that have been made possible because of OITNB. It’s not an overstatement then to say that OITNB is more than *just* entertainment. The show, undoubtedly, has moved the culture.
With all that in mind, then, please indulge me in a little boasting – for a friend. Because I am so f-cking proud of my friend. Here’s the featured still from Episode 8 of season 6 of Orange is the New Black. Take note of the book – The Name Therapist by Duana Taha, the Name Nerd. The Name Therapist shot-checked by Orange is the New Black! Have you read it yet?!
Yours in gossip,