In wake of the emerging sexual misconduct allegations made against House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, at the top of the week; filming on the upcoming sixth and final season of Netflix’s Washington D.C. Emmy nominated political-set drama House of Cards has been suspended indefinitely. Season 6 of the popular series had been expected to consist of 13 episodes and debut in mid-2018 on Netflix. It is unclear yet how the stop of production will impact that. Less than two weeks ago, HoC had to deal with a mass shooting that took place a mile from its set.
According to Deadline, the cast and crew of the MRC-produced series were told of the shutdown this morning. “MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew,” the two companies said in a joint statement to Deadline. The news comes less than 24 hours after Netflix had announced the series will end with its upcoming sixth season.
In what has been a career-defining and critically praised role, Spacey plays the manipulative and murderous now ex-President Francis Underwood in the Netflix series. Season 5 of the show ended with Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood now in the Oval Office as America’s first female POTUS as Spacey’s Underwood resigned in disgrace.
Having helped launch Netflix’s original programming explosion in 2013, the David Fincher-produced House of Cards was created by Beau Willimon based on the 1990 BBC series from Michael Dobbs’ novel.