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Just days before its second season is set to launch, Netflix has announced that the streaming site will be producing a third season of its hit drama House of Cards. The series, which debuted last February to strong reviews, had a successful first season. In addition to critical praise, the series won three Emmy awards and took home a Golden Globe last month for Best Actress in a Drama.
The first original series to debut on Netflix, Cards stars movie stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as the conniving and devious Underwoods, who have their sights set on political gain. The series also debuted Netflix’s unique process of releasing all episodes of a given season in one fell swoop, thus allowing viewers to watch them as quickly or as slowly as they wish. While Netflix doesn’t release viewing figures for its original programing, it is believed that Cards had strong numbers throughout its first season.
With regard to the third season renewal, there had been a great deal of speculation regarding how long Spacey and Wright would be willing to work on what is essentially a television series before opting to return to their film work. Wright, who first let slip that the series would return for a third season, stated that so long as David Fincher and Beau Willimon (who oversee the series) are involved, she will be as well. The second season of House of Cards will be released on February 14, with the third season expected to be released around the same time in 2015.