For Jenji Kohan, following up her popular Showtime marijuana-mama comedy, "Weeds," with "Orange Is the New Black," an hourlong women's-prison dramedy based on Piper Kerman's best-selling memoir of the same name, was a "no-brainer."
"I was looking for something to jump onto because I'm not good when I'm not working, and although I didn't think it would happen this quickly, I couldn't pass this up because it had everything for me, starting with very fascinating characters with interesting stories to tell," the show creator told Yahoo! TV exclusively in late June at a Santa Monica junket for the 13-episode Netflix series that premieres today. "The book was a great character piece, and I fell in love with the world and these women. I knew it would make the perfect launching point for a series because of the fact that we had this gateway drug into the world in this white middle-class girl next door. I can't sell a show on black or Latino prisoners, but if I walk in with her, I can suddenlyRead More »from 'Weeds' Creator Trades Marijuana Green for Prison Orange in New Netflix Series About Ladies in Lockup