Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ to Bow Feb. 14 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Netflix Oct. 4 said its much-publicized original series, “House of Cards,” is slated to bow all 13 episodes in their entirety beginning Feb. 1, 2013, in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and Scandinavia.
The series, directed by Oscar-nominee David Fincher (the first two episodes) and starring Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, is a reboot of a former BBC miniseries updated to showcase the political intrigue of Washington, D.C. Other actors involved include Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Forrest Gump) and Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”).
“Cards” is a story of power, ambition and the American way in Washington revolving around Francis Underwood (Spacey), the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician’s politician — masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire (Wright) stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. In addition to Spacey, Wright and Mara, the series also stars Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris), Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods), Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau) and Sakina Jaffrey (Definitely Maybe).
“Cards” is Netflix’s second original series following black comedy “Lilyhammer,” which debuted in February and has been renewed. Other original series in the pipeline include women’s prison saga “Orange Is the New Black,” horror series “Hemlock Grove” and a reboot of former Fox TV series “Arrested Development” featuring the original cast.
“'House of Cards' combines the best of filmmaking with the best of televisions,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer with Netflix. “Beau Willimon's compelling narrative, David Fincher's unparalleled craftsmanship, indelible performances by Kevin Spacey and the rest of the cast unite to create a gripping story and new kind of viewing experience for Netflix member. In offering the entire season at once, Netflix is giving viewers complete control over how and when they watch the show.”