“Orange Is The New Black”: Review

Variety has watched the first half of the new season of “Orange is the New Black.” Verdict: ‘What felt fresh about “Orange” has quickly gone a bit stale, at least if the first half-dozen episodes from season two are any indication. Netflix’s women-in-prison dramedy emerged as a surprise success and burnished the service’s reputation on the heels of “House of Cards,” but both have discovered that creating sparks and keeping them smoldering are formidably disparate tasks.’ The Daily Beast, however, has an entirely different take, calling the new season “freaking excellent.”

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