Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Netflix Renews 'House of Cards' for Season 3

Ten days before the online streaming service launches the second season, Netflix has gone ahead and renewed its Emmy-nominated drama series House of Cards for a 13-episode third season. Production of the new season will begin shortly - with new episodes likely to premiere early in 2015.

The main cast on the second season includes Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Sebastian Arcelus, Constance Zimmer, Mahershala Ali, Michel Gill and Ben Daniels, with Reg E. Cathey, Rachel Brosnahan, Gerald McRaney and Jayne Atkinson as recurring.

House of Cards was sold to Netflix with a two season pickup. The entire creative team was optimistic that the story can span several more years. However, the decision to continue was up to Netflix - which apparently is still very high on the drama series. 

House of Cards was developed and produced by Beau Willimon and is an adaptation of the BBC miniseries of the same name that starred Ian Richardson. Netflix will release the entire 13-episode second season on Friday, February 14.

Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th Congressional District and House Majority Whip who, after getting passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. Underwood heads into the second season as newly confirmed Vice President of the United States but has to work even harder to keep his secrets from being exposed.

The drama picked up 9 Emmy nominations for its first season - winning three awards last September. Robin Wright also picked up a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Claire Underwood last month. The Writers Guild of America also recently rewarded the series with its "Best New Series" trophy.