'House of Cards': Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright bring Shakespeare to US politics

Netflix is venturing deep into the scripted television game with its new political drama "House of Cards." The series has a great pedigree: It stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, had its first two episodes directed by David Fincher, was developed by playwright Beau Willimon and is based on the 1990 British TV series of the same name (which, in turn, was based on the Michael Dobbs novel "House of Cards"). When it debuts on Feb. 1, the show will mark a new era for the quality of Netflix original programming. It was Netflix's dedication to quality that got Willimon on board to begin with. During a recent conference call with Willimon, Spacey and Wright, the series creator explained that it was Netflix's "extraordinary commitment to guarantee 26 episodes up front" that convinced him to take "House of Cards" to them instead of rival networks like HBO or Showtime. "What that allowed us to...



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