Final 'House of Cards' season to focus on Robin Wright after Spacey exit

(Reuters) – The final season of Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” will focus on Robin Wright’s first female president character and will start production in 2018, following a hiatus after the exit of star Kevin Spacey, the company said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Robin Wright poses at the premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Los Angeles, California U.S., May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the UBS 45th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York that the sixth season would be shortened to eight episodes instead of the usual 13.

Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) severed ties in November with Spacey, one of its biggest stars who played fictional U.S. president Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” after accusations of sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning actor.

Reuters was unable to independently confirmed the accusations.

“We have made an arrangement to produce six seasons of ‘House of Cards’. It will be an eight-episode season. It will start production in early 2018 and it will not involve Kevin Spacey,” Sarandos said.

FILE PHOTO: 71st Tony Awards Arrivals New York City, U.S., 11/06/2017 – Actor Kevin Spacey. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/File Photo

Sarandos did not say when season six would air or how Spacey’s character would be treated in the show.

A representative for Spacey did not respond to a request for comment.

Wright’s character, Claire Underwood, finished season five by winning election as the first U.S. female president after wresting power from her husband.

Claire Underwood has moved center stage since “House of Cards” premiered in 2013, going from the wife of Spacey’s congressman to first lady and then vice president.

Wright has won a Golden Globe for her role, and earned five Emmy nominations.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles and Laharee Chatterjee and Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva, Toni Reinhold

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Royal engagement marred by media focus on ‘colour’|Humor

The UK Commission for Racial Equality has today raised concerns regarding yesterday’s media coverage of the latest royal engagement, citing excessive references to ‘inter-racial’ marriage.

Channel4 news came under the heaviest criticism after lining up an array People of Ginger and interviewing them about their view of the match. One young lady, self-identifying as having auburn hair, brimmed with optimism, ‘Until now, I never thought the royal family really represented my life. But now one of them is ginger, so the babies will be gingers too.’ BBC News and CNN were equally criticised for ‘Gingexploitation’, blatantly stopping and searching carrot-tops for their opinions.

Finola Barfoot, an ardent fan of the American actress, Meghan Markle, summed up public feeling yesterday. ‘I just saw a wealthy and relatively good-looking but otherwise ordinary young couple in love, until I heard all the disappointing and discriminatory references to his Titian-gold follicles. Most viewers probably hadn’t given much thought to the fact that Meghan was introducing a royal to her family bloodline. But did they have to make such a bloody issue of the fact that he is a red-head?’

Prince Philip has yet to issue a gaffe on the matter. However, one thing everyone agrees as that marrying a ginger royal will usher in a new era in the life of an American divorcee, and that she may still have normal-looking aristocratic children.

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