The Stories Orange is the New Black Could Tell in 10 Years!

By Evil Jenji

An unexpected and unlikely spin-off was announced last week, a new series is emerging from That ’70s SHOW after 15 years of cancellation. I wondered if this happened with Orange is the New Black. Am I rambling? It may be, the fact that this subject interests us because the story will portray Donna’s daughter in 1995. And for those who don’t know, Donna was played by Laura Prepon, in her first television series. For the time being, no confirmation of any guest appearance has been announced. It would be beautiful to see Laura acting again. But what I want to propose here is an exercise in creativity. What if we had the chance to show some OITNB characters many years later? It would be a real catharsis

In real life Piper Kerman was sentenced to 15 months in 2004. The Book was published in 2010. The OITNB series is not real-time, as the series takes place within 15 months of Piper in Prison during the first 6 seasons. In other words, it’s not my delusion that a lot of time could have been spent in fiction if we came back with a spin-off today. This is really important, as in the series several inmates could be free if we return today. I don’t remember how long each one of them spent, but we know, for the crimes committed, that Alex would be free! If we didn’t have another trial, Taystee would still be in jail. I also remember that many of them had their destiny written in the seventh season.

Inmates like Daya, Taystee and all those who committed murder will remain in prison. Nicky in season seven won a few more years in prison, but if they found out what really happened at riot, she would probably be another candidate for freedom. Suzzane,Lolly, Red and Lorna might have been in an institution for psychiatric treatment, which would give us another very interesting side of the story. And we have many others that are already free, such as Judy King, Gloria, Sophia and Black Cindy.

I exclude inmates who have been arrested for murder from the list. But we are just talking about who is in prison. Maybe we never talked about it, but if we also had a series devoted only to the stories of the guards, we would have a good argument to develop. I particularly like the stories of Sam Healy, George Mendes, Susan Fisher, Luschek and Artesian McCullough (what a difficult name!)

What would have happened at OITNB after 10 years?

Alex and Piper could already have kids! Some prey could be on probation! Many many have rehabilitated themselves from their life of crime and others could have reinvented themselves and be thriving. If we think about the reality of the United States, there are 6 million people who have already served their sentence and who are trying to reintegrate into society.

These stories deserve to be told! Orange is the New Black has always been known for addressing serious issues such as diversity, racism, sexism, women’s empowerment and the LGBTQ+ world in a very innovative way. Jenji Kohan and his team were able to take us through a completely different narrative, and even without realizing it, we were being informed of a hidden reality.

There is much more to be unraveled. We are not just talking about the characters, but what exists and if there is life after prison, the weight that this has on the life perspective of each released.

Even today, many people ask what a spin-off is. The dictionary definition is a derivative work, derivative history or derivation is a radio program, television program, video game, musical group or any narrative work created by derivation, that is, derived from one or more existing works. an original work is that the former focuses, in particular, in more detail on just one aspect (for example, a specific theme, character or event) or modifying the story and its original aspects a bit.

The spin-off of That ’70s Show

I think it’s fundamental that, like That ’70s Show, derivations of other important series are created. The spin-off will obviously be called ‘That ’90s Show’ – which, as the title indicates, will be set in the 1990s. The first season will have 10 episodes, according to the streaming platform.

Despite having official sequel status, so far only two actors from the original series are confirmed, Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, interpreters of Red and Kitty Forman, who lived as the parents of Eric Forman (Topher Grace), who in addition to acting will be spin-off producers. The attraction’s narrative focus during seven of the eight seasons of the original show. Older characters from the original cast, they will now be grandparents of the new protagonist. Yes, the plot of the sequel will take place in 1995 and will follow Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna (Laura Prepon), who when visiting her grandparents in the summer will start to bond with a new generation of teenagers from Point Place, Wisconsin. According to Variety magazine, the producers of ‘That ’90s Show’ are hopeful that other names from the old attraction will join the project. The original cast included Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, the now-married Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher – who, oddly enough, were living as a couple at the time, plus Danny Masterson (arrested after being formally charged with the rape of three women). Remembering that the series already had a spin-off, called ‘That ’80s Show’. The production only lasted one season and went off the air without an audience in 2002. “Inspired” by the format, however, that sitcom was not a continuation and did not include characters from the original series.

Hopefully Laura Prepon participates, and who knows, think about producing an OITNB spin-off together with Jenji Kohan, why not? Dreaming will always be possible!

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