“House of Cards,” which helped transform the way we watch TV, is meeting a particularly unceremonious end.
Amid a scandal involving lead actor Kevin Spacey, Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital said in a Tuesday that they would suspend production on the political drama’s sixth season “until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
The companies announced Monday that the show’s forthcoming sixth season would be its last. The show, which premiered in 2013 as Netflix’s first original series, paved the way for the company — once known for its DVD mailers — to pioneer the streaming TV era.
“House of Cards” was an early binge-watching favorite and proved that streaming services could contend with more traditional networks when it came to accolades,in its first season.
Netflixthe decision to end the show after Season 6 was made months ago. But the cancellation news arrived on the heels of an explosive in which actor Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey made a sexual advance toward him more than 30 years ago, when Rapp was just 14.
Hours later, Spacey responded to the accusations on Twitter with a two-paragraph statement that has been met with, particularly from the LGBT community. Spacey said he did not remember the encounter but was “beyond horrified” to hear Rapp’s account. “If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey .
In the second paragraph, Spacey addressed long-standing speculation about his sexual orientation. “As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women,” he wrote. “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciencesthat it is withdrawing a special Emmy Award that Spacey was to receive Nov. 20.
Throughout five seasons of “House of Cards,” Spacey has carved out an iconic role as politician Francis “Frank” Underwood, who ruthlessly used murder and manipulation to achieve his dream of reaching the White House, only to resign in disgrace. The show’s most recent season saw his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), become the nation’s first female president.
In addition to luring the Oscar-winning Spacey to TV, the show also nabbed director David Fincher (of “Fight Club” and “The Social Network”), who won an Emmy for directing the pilot. Netflix made a big gamble by ordering the first 26 episodes at once, with abudget of $100 million.
Despite the Spacey controversy, Netflix doesn’t appear to be completely ready to let go of its flagship series. VarietyMonday that the streaming company and Media Rights Capital are developing multiple spinoff ideas for the drama, which has continued to garner awards-show buzz despite about its narrative issues. “House of Cards” was up for best drama at this year’s Emmys ceremony, with Wright and Spacey both receiving lead acting nods.
According to Variety, one such spinoff idea revolves around Underwood’s former chief of staff Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, who also landed an Emmy nomination this year for his supporting role.
‘House of Cards’ filming suspended; new Spacey allegations – Washington Post