House of Cards to Resume Production in 2018 with Shorter Season

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The news was confirmed by the company's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos on stage at UBS's Global Media and Communications Conference this morning in New York City.

"We were really excited we could get to an agreement... for the conclusion of the show", said Sarandos.

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Perhaps aiding the transition is that seasons 4 and 5 had already built Wright's Claire Underwood up to the Oval Office, with last season ending as Spacey's Frank Underwood had just resigned, with the walls beginning to close in on him, ironically.

Netflix suspended production of the show on October 31, after the first allegations of sexual misconduct against star Space surface. The streaming service said Monday afternoon that the final season will start filming in 2018, and Spacey will not be a part of it.

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The future of one of Netflix's most popular programs has been in question since Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp went public with allegations that Spacey had made advances on the younger actor when he was 14 years old. Sarandos did not say how the dismissal of Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, will be handled.

It's also been rumored that Netflix is seeking to launch a House of Cards spin-off, eager to extend the franchise of their flagship show.

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E! News reports that this final season will consist of eight episodes, rather than the standard 13, and likely resume production in early 2018.

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