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    #283021

    Netflix’s latest original series, from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, dropping on July 11.  Here’s the trailer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nryWkAaWjKg

    Allison Willmore’s review for IndieWire calls it Netflix’s best original series yet:

    http://www.indiewire.com/article/orange-is-the-new-black-review-netflix

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    #283023

    These forums have been worshiping Tatiana Maslany so much lately, I first read the title as Orphan is the New Black.

    Also, wasn’t House of Cards the only other Netflix original series? That’s not the highest praise.

    I watched the trailer, and seems to be the same female antihero + dark humor + melodrama of every other show of Menopause Bitch genre that Showtime has invested before. I’ll admit that a women’s prison seems like an interesting place to do an ambicious comedy about women, but knowing Jenji Kohan, and after so many recent shows that seems to be merely duplicating the recipe of past prestigious dramas and comedies, I’m sorta mixed on this. I’ll check it, and I have they develop the potential of the scenario, but I’m not expecting much.

     

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    Also, wasn’t House of Cards the only other Netflix original series? That’s not the highest praise.

    Lilyhammer and Hemlock Grove

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    I feel foolish for that, because even though I have heard of those shows, not only I forgot they existed, but also I didn’t even know they were on Netflix.

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    When I watched the trailer when it debuted, if really felt like Season 7 of Weeds: prison-setting, prison wife, drugs, even the same actors. It looks quite good though, perhaps grittier than Weeds tried to be when Kohan was pursuing that storyline. I think it could be great, I’ll definitely check it out! 

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    #283027

    These forums have been worshiping Tatiana Maslany so much lately, I first read the title as Orphan is the New Black.
     

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    These forums have been worshiping Tatiana Maslany so much lately, I first read the title as Orphan is the New Black.

     

    Once you said that, now that’s all I can see, too.

    Critics, from what I’ve seen so far, have praised it. Todd VanDerWerff on Twitter just now said he was expecting nothing from it but it’s in the running for his favorite new show of the summer. A few others that I can’t remember have also really liked it.

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    #283029

    The trailer looks good, but Taylor Schilling looks great.  Dare I say she’s an early contender for a nom in Drama Actress?  I’ve always thought she was a fine actress in Mercy and The Lucky One, but she looks like she might get her break here.

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    The trailer looks good, but Taylor Schilling looks great.  Dare I say she’s an early contender for a nom in Drama Actress?  I’ve always thought she was a fine actress in Mercy and The Lucky One, but she looks like she might get her break here.

    It’s a comedy, though, isn’t it?

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    Yes, it’s a comedy.

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    I can see Schilling being a strong new contender in Comedy Actress if this good early word pans out.  There will be at least one open spot with 30 Rock done, plus I think that whichever of Falco/McCarthy survives this year will be very vulnerable.

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    Yes, it’s a comedy.

    Really. Thanks for that, I didn’t know it was a comedy at all. Her performance seems dramatic, like an Edie Falco. That might hurt her in Comedy Actress.

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    If buzz is strong enough Schilling could get in but the fact that the episodes will be released for streaming all at once a full year before nominations will likely hurt her chances.  Then again, Netflix already renewed it for a second season so they must have enough faith in the show to probably campaign for it next year.

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    I also think the plan is to release the second season before the end of eligibility period, or right after it ends, to get voters attention. I think Netflix is aware the Emmys are the way to gain attention for their shows, and thye are gonna fight hard for them.

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    #283036

    The AV Club has a review up now. A- for the first six episodes.

    I had no idea this was an hour-long show. I thought it was a half-hour dramedy in the style of Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Enlightened, United States of Tara, etc.

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