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Netflix to cancel House of Cards amid Kevin Spacey controversy

Netflix’s political drama House of Cards will finish next season amid sexual assault allegations against the show’s star Kevin Spacey.

Although the show’s producers and Media Rights Capital were already considering ending the show, they decided it was best to cancel it following the Spacey controversy.

The companies released a joint statement on October 30:

Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.

The shockwaves from the allegations are moving fast.

Late on Sunday night, Star Trek: Discovery and Rent actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that the women speaking about sexual misconduct had compelled him to come forward.

Rapp claims that Spacey befriended him while they were both working on Broadway in 1986 and that Spacey had made sexual advances on him. Rapp was only 14 at the time.

Spacey then took to Twitter and bizarrely used the incident to apologise and come out of the closet.

Some have accused Spacey of conflating homosexuality with paedophilia and deflecting the issue.

Meanwhile, others have noted it’s precisely the kind of thing Frank Underwood, the manipulative character from House of Cards, would do.

But soon Frank Underwood will be no more.

Deadline reports that this isn’t the only Spacey project under threat. The future of Netflix’s Gore, a biopic about author Gore Vidal starring Spacey, is now up in the air too.

It’s safe to say that Spacey’s agent won’t be getting any calls for a while.

House of Cards is the show that started it all for Netflix’s original programming lineup. Season one was released in 2013 and was popular with both critics and viewers alike.

The show basically invented the concept of “binge watching” as audiences worldwide donned their onesies and devoted whole days to finishing the show as soon as it came out.

But things started to go awry in season four, and season five was the worst reviewed season of all.

One reason was due to the world changing: with the rise of Donald Trump, people didn’t have room to be cynical about politics anymore and House of Cards simply couldn’t compete with the mad circus of real-life U.S. politics.

Another reason was that the show seemed to struggle with where to go after Underwood actually became president.

What made House of Cards fun was watching Underwood ascend; what was missing was the fall. After all, that’s what a house of cards does, right? It’s likely Underwood will get his comeuppance next season. Spacey’s is coming sooner.

Season six of House of Cards is expected to come out in mid-2018.

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