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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: Taryn Manning Returns as Series Regular

Orange is the New Black Season 2 Taryn Manning Series Regular
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Though the buzz from all Netflix original series dies down a bit once all episodes have been released, word of mouth and season 2 for ’Orange Is the New Black,’ from ’Weeds‘ creator Jenji Kohan, remains strong. In addition to its early season 2 renewal, the women-in-prison drama has officially made its first major season 2 casting, bumping up an established character for a surprising promotion.

Deadline reported last week that series star Taryn Manning would return for the Netflix original drama’s second season, reprising her role as meth-ravaged, bible-thumping inmate Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett as a series regular. Without spoiling the series itself, the move is seen as somewhat surprising given the state in which the character was last observed during the finale.

Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, the Netflix series stars ‘Mercy’ vet Taylor Schilling as Piper, an engaged Brooklynite whose past relationship with a drug runner in college leads her to a 15-month stint in a federal penitentiary. ‘That ’70s Show’ alum Laura Prepon takes the role of Piper’s former drug runner girlfriend, Alex, while Jason Biggs portrays her fiancé Larry across the 13-episode series. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ also stars Natasha Lyonne (‘American Reunion’) and Kate Mulgrew (‘Star Trek: Voyager’).

For her part, Manning has also previously appeared in TV series such as ‘Hawaii Five-0‘ and ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ in addition to her long list of film credits.

‘Orange Is the New Black’ season 2 will open up its gates in 2014, its first season likely to be eyed for as much Emmy love as Netflix series ‘House of Cardsreceived this past week. S in the meantime, watch the trailer below, catch the full series on Netflix, and tell us what you want to see from the next season in the comments!

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