There is still just over a month to wait for the return of Netflix’ Orange Is The New Black but fans of the hit series will be thrilled to learn that a third series has now been ordered.

Star of the show Laura Prepon revealed the news by posting a picture on her Instagram page, “It’s Official!! Season 3! #oitnb#alexvause#backtothebighouse,” accompanied the photo of a potential list of episode titles. Netflix confirmed the news shortly after Prepon’s picture went up, this move shows a huge vote of confidence for the upcoming season and strengthens Netflix’s position on original content.

Hard to believe that Netflix have only been producing original content for a little more than two years, in that time they’ve made quite the impact and are amassing a strong portfolio of quality TV shows. A third batch of 13 episodes of critical darling House Of Cards was ordered last month with Lillyhammer, From Dusk Till Dawn and Hemlock Grove all returning for new seasons. Next year we will get our first taste of the Netflix-Marvel deal with Daredevil from Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods), all four of the new superhero TV shows will exist within the shared Marvel universe that all the movies and Agents Of SHIELD inhabit. To say I’m excited about small screen versions of Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones would be a huge understatement but as there is still over a year to wait I’ll have to distract myself with something shiny until then. 

Orange Is The New Black returns to Netflix on June 16.