Has the house that Frank Underwood built come tumbling down? Netflix has suspended production on the sixth season of its House of Cards TV show, “until further notice.” Yesterday, in wake of allegations involving star Kevin Spacey, Netflix had announced House of Cards would end with its upcoming sixth season, leaving it effectively cancelled, but with one more installment to come. Now that final chapter seems to be in doubt.
A Netflix political thriller, House of Cards stars Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as Claire Underwood. Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks, and Joel Kinnaman also star. The fifth season debuted Netflix on May 30, 2017. Production was already underway in Baltimore on the thirteen episodes of season six, but now it has come to an indefinite halt, leaving the drama’s future uncertain.
Deadline reports the cast and crew were informed this morning that production would stop on House of Cards season six. Here’s more:
“MRC [Media Rights Capital] 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 Emmy-nominated House of Cards had been in production in Baltimore on its sixth season. Executives from Netflix and MRC arrived in the city Monday “to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported” following the allegations against Spacey, who had not been scheduled to be on set yesterday.
The decisions to end the series with season six and to suspend production indefinitely follow allegations made by Star Trek: Discovery actor, Anthony Rabb. Rabb alleges that back in 1986, when he was 14 years old, a then 26 year old Spacey made sexual advances toward him. Although the story and related rumors have reportedly flown around Hollywood for years, BuzzFeed News published an article over the weekend which named Spacey.
What do you think? Are you a House of Cards fan? Should it just end with season five? If it were up to you instead of Netflix, would the House of Cards TV show be cancelled or renewed?