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  •  "Power Is Like Real Estate..." (14+ / 0-)

    Here is the trailer for the Netflix original series, "House of Cards," which stars Kevin Spaey and has director David Fincher as executive producer. The series is an adaptation of a BBC miniseries of the same name, and centers around a ruthless politician clawing his way to the top.

    From /Film:

    While shows like Parks & Rec and Veep have examined the lighter side of politics, House of Cards takes a decidedly darker view. Spacey looks terrifyingly chilly as Francis Underwood, and the potential for high-stakes drama and intrigue should attract even those who have only a casual interest in politics. Seems like a great fit for Fincher, who helmed the first two episodes from scripts by Beau Willimon (Ides of March). Other Season 1 directors include Joel Schumacher, James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress), Alan Coulter (Boardwalk Empire), and Charles McDougall (The Office).

    Netflix has been crystal clear about its intentions to compete with HBO, and next year is when that battle really begins. While Netflix’s first original series, Lilyhammer, hit in 2012, the streaming service is really upping its game next year with five more. So far, it seems like they’re off to a good start. Fincher and Spacey give House of Cards the kind of pedigree even HBO would be jealous of. Netflix’s other upcoming offerings include the new season of Arrested Development, Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove, and Ricky Gervais’ Derek.

    There's been some speculation as to how Netflix might handle the roll-outs of their original series. For example, will they stagger the episodes, like a TV network, where you have to come back each week to see the next episode? Or might they, as a way to distinguish their service from HBO & other pay cable networks, make an entire season available all at once?

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