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.