Netflix Cancels House Of Cards After 6 Season Run
Posted 2017/10/30 0 0
Netflix cancels the much beloved series amid sexual abuse allegation against Kevin Spacey.
Netflix has long used House of Cards as its tentpole show, but that could soon come to an end. As allegations of unwanted sexual advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp have emerged, Netflix today decided to pull the plug on the Spacey-starring House of Cards after the upcoming sixth season next year.
Twelve hours after the news broke, Netflix has released a statement, saying, “Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
House of Cards was the first original drama from the streaming giant, and changed the face of on-demand television with its high production values and Oscar-winning cast. An adaptation of the Nineties British political drama of the same name, it is placed in Washington DC, rather than Westminster, and follows the Machiavellian antics of Frank Underwood, played by Spacey, in his deadly climb to the Oval Office.
The final 13-episode run will debut on Netflix next year. The additional fallout for Spacey's career has yet to be seen. These are just the latest revelations to follow the news about Harvey Weinstein's multiple alleged sexual abuses, covered on the Empire Podcast here.
But in a new twist, Variety reports that there are spin-offs under consideration, including one focused on Michael Kelly's Doug Stamper. Eric Roth, who worked on the first four seasons of the original series, is in charge of that version, but there will be other potential series in the works.