In "House of Cards," even the couple's surname, "Underwood," hints at their hypocrisy by echoing "underhanded." It's costume designer Johanna Argan's job to subliminally convey that duplicity to the audience through the clothes the characters wear.
In the Netflix miniseries "House of Cards," Kate Mara plays a young reporter deeply involved in the world of Washington politics. But the 30-year-old performer says she has no particular interest in journalism or political life. She's just acting the part under the tutelage of screenwriter Beau Willimon and director David Fincher.
The wave of winter shows that arrives this week bears prime examples of this TV truth. From the traditional, big-budget, Brit-cum-PBS halls of "Downton Abbey," to the edgy, Baltimore-made remake of "House of Cards," here are 10 midseason productions worth paying attention to.
After two hours Wednesday night of standing around on Centre Street with about 40 others, there was Kevin Spacey standing in the street in tuxedo pants and a T-shirt with his suspenders hanging down below his waist. And he was still looking good, Hollywood makeup artist good.
"House of Cards" is coming to another major Baltimore institution, Mount Vernon's Peabody Institute, where it is expected to film one of the biggest scenes in the first 13 episodes of the series. The Netflix production, which stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will be at Peabody starting Tuesday.
Even after more than three decades of haunting soundstages, I have to admit the one built on the same floor as the newsroom of The Baltimore Sun for ¿House of Cards,¿ the Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara, occasionally throws me a little.
With "VEEP and "Game Change" produced here, I have been writing about Baltimore standing in for Washington a lot lately.But Wednesday afternoon, the TV sleight of hand hit a little too close to home when the Calvert Street entrance to the Sun said in big bold letters "The Washington Herald."
What's going on within a five-acre area of production offices and massive warehouses turned soundstages in Joppa is a new game altogether. The makers of the $100 million Netflix political thriller "House of Cards" are virtually building their own Washington.
Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" notwithstanding, prime-time television has never gone as far into the deep end of the political pool as it is about to do this year. At least four Washington-centric shows are in the works or set to premiere, including Maryland-based "VEEP" and "House of Cards."
Just as premium channels like HBO started making their own films in the 1980s to wrest control from the broadcast networks and Hollywood production companies, so are distributors like Hulu and Netflix trying to do to the cable industry today.
Yesterday Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that "House of Cards" — a Washington-based TV series starring Kevin Spacey — will be filmed in Baltimore this spring, making it the third political drama to be produced in Maryland in less than a year.