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Netflix Moving Ahead With Sixth Season of 'House of Cards'

4 Dec, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Robin Wright assumes lead role in 'House of Cards'

Seeking closure for its first original hit series, “House of Cards,” Netflix will resume production in 2018 on a sixth and final season of the political drama without Kevin Spacey — who was fired from the show following multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Speaking Dec. 4 at the UBS 45th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, CCO Ted Sarandos said the final season would feature Robin Wright (wife of Spacey’s villainous Frank Underwood character) in the lead role.

Sarandos gave no timeframe when the eight-episode season would begin production. The multiple Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series launched in 2013 and helped put Netflix on the map for original content.

“We're excited for the 370 people who make ‘House of Cards’ and have done the best work of their lives on that show … and for the 2,000 people in Baltimore [where the series is filmed] who have come to depend on that show for their jobs,” Sarandos said.

Production of the sixth season had been in flux after allegations of inappropriate behavior more than 30 years ago involving Spacey and a then-underaged actor surfaced in late October.

Spacey has apologized for his behavior without directly admitting to the alleged offense in question with actor Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”). The SVOD pioneer also shelved Spacey’s biopic on Gore Vidal.

Netflix initially announced the sixth season — with Spacey — would be the show's last, and that it was looking into spinoff opportunities beyond that. When more charges against Spacey surfaced, Netflix ordered his removal from the show and suspended production, leaving the show's creators scrambling to rework storylines without him.

“We're really excited that we were able to come to a good creative conclusion to the [‘Cards’],” Sarandos said.

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