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House of Cards renewed for third season by Netflix

House of Cards

Story by Jack Foley

POLITICAL drama House of Cards has been renewed for a third season by Netflix.

The announcement was made a few weeks before the Emmy-winning drama has even returned for its sophomore run on the streaming service, underlining how much faith the channel has in it.

Production is due to begin soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show follows the rise to power of unscrupulous White House Majority Whip Francis Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright). It also stars Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey and Constance Zimmer.

The writing had been on the wall for the third season pick-up for some time, given that Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos had hinted as much during a November panel in front of US media.

He said: “I think if you look at the original House of Cards, there was a natural third season, and we could go well beyond that.”

House of Cards‘ first season was deemed a ratings success for Netflix and scored nine Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations, including a win for actress Robin Wright.

It success also paved the way for other Netflix original series, including Hemlock Grove, Orange Is The New Black (another critical and commercial hit) and the revival of Arrested Development.

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