‘House of Cards’ renewed for third season by Netflix


HOUSE OF CARDS: Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in season 2 of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” (Nathaniel Bell/Netflix)

Put this in the category of “non-surprising TV show renewals”: Netflix has ordered a third season of political thriller “House of Cards.”

The popular D.C.-set drama was a hit when it debuted last year as the online subscription service’s first major original drama — if not in terms of actual ratings (which we’ll never know), then definitely with buzz and headlines around the Beltway. Starring Kevin Spacey as a devious politician using any means necessary to trample over his enemies, Netflix originally ordered two seasons of the series, while a third seemed somewhat inevitable.

Last year, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told us that guaranteeing 26 episodes up front made for stronger storytelling.

“When you’re writing for your life on weekly television, you write every episode as if it may be the first or last one ever on television. . . . I don’t think that’s conducive to great writing,” Sarandos said. “This is a long-form commitment.”

Though a Netflix rep confirmed a Season 3 pick-up, there are no details yet about how many episodes or when it starts filming. Meanwhile, Season 2 of the show will launch on Feb. 14, with all 13 episodes available at once.

Showrunner Beau Willimon remains tight-lipped about any details. Though in a recent interview he did tell us that if viewers were fans of Robin Wright last year (she recently won a Golden Globe for her role as  Spacey’s equally power-hungry wife), then they have a lot to look forward to in the second season.

Here’s the trailer for Season 2:

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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