The price of doing business with predators is high. A new Netflix earnings report from the end of 2017 reveals that the streaming giant took a staggering $39 million write-down in disbanding the relationship with Hollywood abuser Kevin Spacey, both in shortening the final House of Cards season and shelving the actor’s Gore Vidal biopic.
All week long we’ve seen House of Cards continually crumble under allegations against Kevin Spacey, but is there hope yet for the final season? A new report suggests producers are looking into continuing the series around Robin Wright‘s Claire Underwood, albeit after a very frank exit.
The tumbling House of Cards metaphor is apt, as sexual assault allegations against star Kevin Spacey appear to be picking up speed. The actor has since been dropped by his representation, as new reports of inappropriate behavior surface from the House of Cards crew itself. It’s possible Season 6 will be shuttered altogether.
In what’s either the best or worst timing possible, Netflix’s House of Cards is about to crumble. The Kevin Spacey-Robin Wright political drama is confirmed to return for a sixth and final season, bringing the Underwoods’ reign to a close.
And lo, it has all come down to this. The absence of Game of Thrones from 2017 eligibility left the field wide open for Outstanding Drama Series, and a new winner has been (figuratively) crowned. The Handmaid’s Tale has taken home the top award at the 2017 Emmys.
Once upon a time, Netflix ordered House of Cards for two seasons as a bold experiment in original programming. The streaming service has gotten far more ruthless with its vast lineup since, but does the political thriller have the juice for a sixth year, or beyond? Bosses say there’s “nothing absolute or nothing agreed upon.”