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Netflix series 'Orange is the New Black' filming in Rockland
The new Netflix original series, "Orange is the New Black," is slated to film tomorrow at a Rockland County bar called the Pearl River Hotel.
Developed by "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan, "Orange" stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, who's sentenced to a year in a federal penitentiary after she's connected to a drug-running operation. According to Netflix's press website, "Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry ["American Pie's" Jason Biggs] for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large."
Premiering this summer, the "dramedy" also stars Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Maria Dizzia and Pablo Schreiber.
Newsday Westchester confirmed that crews descended on the Pearl River Hotel on Wednesday to prep for the shoot, which was scheduled to take place today. Because of the winter storm, the film shoot has been rescheduled for Friday. Roughly half a mile north of the New Jersey border, the popular dive bar at South Main Street and East Central Avenue is footsteps from the Pearl River train station.
Netflix apparently loves the Hudson Valley. Premiering in May, the fourth and final season of "Arrested Development" stars Rye native Jason Bateman and Pound Ridge homeowner Jessica Walter. It is narrated and produced by Armonk resident Ron Howard and features cameos by Chappaqua resident Ben Stiller, former Mahopac resident Henry Winkler and former Scarsdale resident Liza Minelli.
Netflix also called upon Bedford native Kate Mara to star in its first original series, "House of Cards," which premiered last month and starts filming its second season soon.