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Coming Soon: Orange Is The New Black

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Cast of the the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black’

Jenji Kohan is no stranger to television shows based around drugs and suburban housewives.  Back in 2005 and lasting 8 seasons, Kohan brought us Weeds,  the quirky dramedy about a suburban mother who turns to dealing marijuana after the death of her husband and now, Kohan has followed that up with Orange Is The New Black.

Based on the real-life memoirs of Piper Kerman, Orange Is The New Black brings us an often funny and sometimes dramatic look at Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), who finds herself leaving behind her perfect suburban life (including loving fiancée, witchy mother and a soon-to-be successful business) for 15 months inside a low-security women’s prison for transporting drug money across international borders 10 years earlier.

Orange Is The New Black is more Winners and Losers than it is Wentworth.  Wentworth gave us a tough, in your-face and highly gritty look at life inside a women’s prison, Orange Is The New Black offers a somewhat satirical view even giving us the women’s prison genre typecasting – waspy blonde thrown into the lions den of heavy-set lesbians, aggressive black women from the Bronx, horny prison guards and even a transsexual, but, every character is so well cast and acted, this is easily forgiven.

So Orange Is The New Black worth a look in?

I say absolutely.  The all-star cast (all playing against type) is worth a look alone.  Joining Taylor Schilling is Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show) who plays Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex Vause and Jason Biggs (of American Pie fame) as Piper’s fiancée Larry Bloom.  Natasha Lyonne, Tarryn Manning, Lea DeLaria and an unrecognisable Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager) with Russian accent as prison chef Red are all involved too.

I’m currently 5 episodes in and loving it – though  a word of warning, brace yourselves for Laura Prepon’s eyebrows. They alone, need a show of their own.  

Orange Is The New Black is due to hit our screens before the end of the year and has been confirmed for a second series.

Wishlist: 6 TV Character Crossovers

Fictional crossovers between characters on television shows have been going on for a long time – often used as a way to offer cross promotion between shows.  Mad About You and Friends had a great crossover (Including a long running one involving side character ditzy waitress Ursula Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow), Cougar Town characters Jules Cobb and Ellie Torres (Courteney Cox and Christa Miller) appeared in Private Practice, Ally McBeal and The Practice (Two of David E Kelley’s biggest hits) often crossed paths too.

What about the crossovers that would never happen, but could be pretty awesome?  Characters that are no longer around, brought back to life, currently underused characters getting more screen time in another show…check out my ‘crossover wish list!’

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Roseanne’s Jackie Harris meets Modern Family

Easily said, Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) was one of the best bits about Roseanne.  She was somewhat crazy, highly lovable and suffered through some rather tough situations and when we last saw Jackie, it was revealed she was in fact a lesbian.  I could easily see her Jackie popping up in Modern Family,  fitting in for a guest spot quite perfectly with her hilarious antics with Cam and Mitchell – as long as she is wearing that bitchin’ knitted sweater!

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The X-Files Mulder and Scully meets True Blood

What could be better than bringing in two paranormal investigators to the town of Bon Temps where vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, faeries and witches all run rampant?  While the True Blood gang live in a world where Vampers are an everyday and (somewhat) accepted minority group, faeries and shifters and werewolves remain relatively unknown to humans, which could be the perfect reason to bring our FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in to investigate!

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Weeds Nancy Botwin meets The Walking Dead

Who’s to say, that after Weeds left our screens, the world Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) knew and lived in went the same as that of The Walking Dead?  Nancy would be the perfect replacement for the recently deceased Lori (she’s certainly less annoying) and we know she’d happily take her withdrawals from iced caffeine drinks out on the walkers.  Add in a romance with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and we have ourselves a crossover!

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Dawsons Creek Jack McPhee meets Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars features secrets, murders, blackmail, lesbians, teenage sex…it’s the modern day Dawsons Creek which would be a perfect launchpad to bring former creeker Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) back to our screens.  No stranger to secrets, McPhee spent his first few seasons hiding his homosexuality from his friends.  Granted Jack would now be somewhat older than the main cast, so i’m thinking in a teaching role, perhaps, with more secrets of his own, with extended screen time with Caleb or Ezra or Toby.

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Nurse Jackie’s Dr. Elanor O’Hara meets Greys Anatomy

There’s no denying that since O’Hara (Eve Best) packed up her wardrobe and stethoscope (and new baby) and headed back to London, Nurse Jackie hasn’t been the same.  The same could be said about Greys Anatomy withAddison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) leaving (for the dreadfully boring Private Practice).  The team at Grey-Sloan Memorial are in desperate need of that kick-ass surgeon who looks fabulous in expensive clothing all while thinking about which 5 star restaurant she’ll be dining at for lunch.  The only issue here – we doubt O’Hara would be seen dead in Seattle.

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Melrose Place’s Sydney Andrews meets Revenge

In total, Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) has been killed off twice during Melrose Place’s run.  What’s to say, she can’t be brought back to life for a third chance at life?  She’s highly skilled in bed-hopping, blackmail and bitching, all skills needed to fit in perfectly with Emily Thorne and the Graysons up in the Hamptons.  Let’s just hope this time she wouldn’t end up over the roof of a car or face down in a swimming pool.