House of Cards is an American political thriller web television series created by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs.
The show is set in Washington, D.C. and is the story of Congressman Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip. He is passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, so he initiates an elaborate plan to attain power, aided by his wife Claire Underwood. The series deals with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, and power.
Why It Was Cancelled Edit
On October 31, 2017, Netflix cancelled the series, announcing that the upcoming sixth season will be its last. The cancellation was announced hours after actor Anthony Rapp publicly stated that lead actor Kevin Spacey had made a sexual advance on him at a 1986 party when Rapp was 14. Multiple sources stated that the decision was made prior to Rapp's accusation, but the announcement nevertheless caused suspicions for its timing. The following day, it was announced that production on the season would be temporarily suspended, according to an official joint statement from Netflix and MRC, "to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew". On November 3, 2017, Netflix announced that they will no longer be associated with Spacey in any capacity whatsoever. On December 4, 2017, Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, announced that production will restart in 2018 with Robin Wright in the lead, without Spacey's involvement, and revealed that the sixth and final season of the show will consist of eight episodes.