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Netflix Cancels ‘House of Cards’

Series to End in 2018 After Season Six

Following the allegations of unwanted sexual advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp, Netflix has axed its first original scripted drama, “House of Cards,” following the upcoming sixth season in 2018.

Rapp claimed that then-26-year-old Spacey drunkenly put the teen on a bed to “seduce” him. “I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,” Rapp said of the 1986 incident when Spacey and he were both on Broadway in a revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Precious Sons,” respectively.

“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey,” the companies said in a joint statement today. “In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”

There are already rumors of a “House of Cards” spin-off in the works, but no details are available.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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