Newswire: Orange Is The New Black to introduce new character based on Martha Stewart

Time reports that Orange Is The New Black will debut a character based on Martha Stewart in its third season, which premieres June 12 on Netflix. Stewart was convicted in 2004 of conspiracy and obstruction charges stemming from an insider trading scandal, and the lifestyle maven served a five-month sentence in a prison not unlike Orange‘s. Indeed, in the book that inspired the show, author Piper Kerman mentions that Stewart was nearly assigned to her prison in Danbury, Connecticut. But the feds ultimately sent Stewart to West Virginia, claiming that the Connecticut facility would be too accessible to news media.

Orange showrunner Jenji Kohan said that the character won’t be a complete Martha lookalike: She’ll be Southern, for instance, perhaps giving her a dash of Paula Deen. (All it takes is a dash, really.) When Time shared the news with Stewart herself at Tuesday night’s “Time …

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