Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of Netflix, announced on Monday, Dec. 4 that the company’s former hit series, ‘House of Cards,’ is not done yet. The show is going back into production early in 2018 for a sixth and final season.
They will be doing so without star Kevin Spacey. Spacey, who was also an executive producer on the show, played Frank Underwood, who had risen to the presidency of the United States. His wife, Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, will now become president but Sarandos did not reveal how Spacey’s character will be written out of the series.
The final season will be just 8 episodes, down from the 13 per season in each of the first 5 seasons, Sarandos said. He added that Netflix and Media Rights Capital, who produced ‘House of Cards,’ have been in talks to decide the shows fate.
Sarandos said that the return of the show for one final season is good news for the some 2,000 people who work on it. Those workers have been on paid leaves since the show was shut down. The show is filmed in Baltimore, Maryland.
When the wave of sexual misconduct accusations began, Spacey was one of the first to be accused of inappropriate sexual behaviors, with actor Anthony Rapp telling media on Oct. 31 that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986 when he was just 14 and Spacey was 26.
A slew of other accusations were then made against Spacey, including various accusations of at least 8 persons, most of them male, who worked on the set of ‘House of Cards.’ Spacey was removed from the show in November and has been in seclusion since, his management saying he has sought out treatment.
Recently Netflix had completed a film starring the award winning actor. However, the company said last month that due to the Spacey sex scandal they will not be releasing it. The film was about the life of the late American writer and intellect, Gore Vidal, who was played by Spacey.