HOUSE OF CARDS is taking a cue from Game of Thrones and is developing several potential spinoff series ideas in the wake of the announcement that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit political drama, Tracking Board has confirmed.
Netflix had no comment.
One such spinoff series could revolve around Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), the ruthless henchman/political advisor of Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) and is already being written by Eric Roth, an executive producer from the first four seasons of the show under Beau Willimon.
Other ideas are also being mulled, though there are no further details. None are considered a lock to go to series.
The news of potential spinoff series comes just hours after it was revealed the political drama would come to an end following a final 13 episodes in 2018.
The timing of the announcement raisd some eyebrows as it comes just a day after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp, who says Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 years old (and when Spacey was 26 years old). Spacey has since responded with an apology and by coming out as a gay man, angering some LGBTQ advocates, including GLAAD.
Former House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon also responded to the allegations, saying, “Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
Despite this unfolding story, according to TVLine, who broke the news of the cancellation, the decision to end the show after Season 6 may have been made months ago and this is just a case of very bad timing.
Production on Season 6 began earlier this month. Co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, who took over for Willimon after Season 4, are expected to remain for the remainder of the series.
Linda Ge | TV Editor