Outside of Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), the women of "House of Cards" have generally been no match for the ambition, guile and mendacity of Francis J. Underwood (Kevin Spacey). But that looks as if it might be changing in Season 4, which arrives at 3 a.m. Friday on Netflix. Most major additions to the cast this cycle are women, and many of the actors who play them come with the kind of resumes and talent that put them in a league with Wright, if not Spacey.
Fans of Netflix's original series House of Cards may know that Kevin Spacey, who plays Francis Underwood and his wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, enjoy their fair share of cabernet sauvignon. What they may not know is during the second season, the award-winning show chose to use a local winery to supply the wine.
All kinds of impressive numbers were flying around last week in the wake of Emmy nominees being announced. HBO ran up an industry-leading 99 nominations overall with 19 for its gory and glorious ¿Game of Thrones¿ alone.
They came by the hundreds, from near and far, hoping to get their few seconds of fame on the small screen. The "House of Cards" open casting call for extras needed in Season III of the Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey drew a huge crowd of hopefuls to downtown Bel Air on a sunny Saturday morning.
There's bad journalism, and then, there is bad online, show-biz journalism, which is in a class by itself when it comes to laziness, lack of fact-checking and flatout hack-ocity (I know that's not a word, but it speaks to my anger at the moment).
When the Maryland workers building the sets for "House of Cards" started sawing and hammering the offices and homes of characters like Francis and Claire Underwood 20 months ago in Harford County, most of them were thinking only of earning a steady paycheck, not being part of TV history.
Only three years ago, Baltimore and Maryland were all but out of the TV and film production business. After the glory years of "Homicide," "The Corner," "The Wire" and tens of millions of HBO dollars spent here on Maryland crews and materials, state funding for incentives had ended, and Hollywood had left Baltimore in its rear view mirror for what looked like good.
Check out the trailer of the new Netflix series "House of Cards" and in it you'll see the fictional President of the United States and his two children. In real life, the children are Forest Hill residents Kyle and Kirsten Johnson. "They're not huge parts," as Kirsten, a sophomore at Bel Air High, says, but "we can definitely see ourselves."
"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.
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.