The show will return in 2018 — without Kevin Spacey.
House of Cards, the drama that put Netflix on the map as a provider of original content, will be back for a sixth season, sans star Kevin Spacey, said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. Deadline has more. The announcement ends speculation about how the series will proceed without Spacey, who was fired after multiple men and women accused him of sexually assaulting them, some while they were teenagers.
Production will begin in 2018, and the season will be eight episodes, as opposed to the typical order of 13 episodes. As heavily speculated, the series will now be centered on Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood, the wife of Spacey’s character. It will complete its run at the end of season six, as planned. Continuing to produce the show will allow for ongoing employment for around 2,000 people in the Baltimore area, Sarandos said in his presentation.
Spacey was essentially fired from the program by Netflix in early November. (Since Netflix doesn’t directly produce the series — Media Rights Capital does — it couldn’t actually fire Spacey, but it said it would no longer air the program if Spacey were involved.) Since then, rumors swirled that House of Cards might kill off his character or write him out via some other means. Production on the show’s sixth and final season has been suspended since early November while MRC and Netflix decided how best to proceed. A two-week extension to the production hiatus, announced over Thanksgiving weekend, bumped up against the series’ holiday break, so it makes sense that all involved would wait for the new year to resume production on the new season.