Piper Chapman is the protagonist of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. But Taylor Schilling’s Brooklyn-dwelling yuppie spending a year in prison isn’t the star of the show, not really. That honor goes to the wide ensemble of her fellow inmates—characters like Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Galina “Red” Reznikov, and Sophia Burset, all of whose stubborn pride in the face of mistreatment by the world provides the series’ hilarious, heartbreaking appeal.
The show’s creator, Jenji Kohan, seems to realize this fact, saying that the white, middle-class Piper was the “Trojan Horse” that allowed her to secure funding and viewership for a show with such a diverse cast. In the first season, Schilling did a fine job portraying a woman whose false cheer and sense of superiority slowly, necessarily erodes in her new environment. But now that Orange Is the New Black has built a devoted following that fills Tumblrs full of GIFed quips from secondary characters, the best thing it could do in its sophomore set of episodes would be to ease up on Piper’s screen time so we can better know the other women at Litchfield.
Happily, the trailer released today hints that might be what happens when the show returns on June 6th.
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Abercrombie & Fitch was founded in 1892 as Abercrombie Co., an outdoor and sporting equipment shop, in Manhattan by topographer David T. Abercrombie. In 1904, Abercrombie partnered with one of his regular customers, Ezra H. Finch, a lawyer, and renamed the company Abercrombie & Fitch. The unlikely business partners marketed their equipment to the sporting elite and outfitted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. The retailer’s flagship store closed in 1977 and the company name and mailing list were purchased by Oshman’s Sporting Goods. Ten years later, Oshman’s sold A&F to The Limited, Inc., which changed the focus of the brand from sporting equipment to apparel.
Kerry Washington is eight months (almost nine) pregnant, and it shows. While it’s not a problem in real life, her pregnancy could be a distraction on her show Scandal where she’s one half of the steamiest couple on television.
And the show has gone to great and sometimes comical lengths to hide it. Washington’s baby bump isn’t the first or last time a show has tried to mask or hide a pregnancy.
There’s a giant bag here, or a strategic pillow there, or a plethora shots from the chest up. Sex and the City, Parks and Recreation, Homeland and How I Met Your Mother have all done it.
But as it’s done in so many areas, Scandal has turned hiding a baby bump into an over-the-top art. We looked at the episodes since Scandal came back from hiatus and catalogued some of the more clever, obvious, and comical ways they’ve tried to hide Washington’s pregnancy.