Production company MRC and Netflix have released a joint statement confirming that production is shutting down on the sixth season of “House of Cards” with cast and crew told today that filming has been suspended indefinitely.
The move follows the allegations of sexual harassment against star and producer Kevin Spacey coming to light on Sunday evening. Yesterday Netflix announced that the new season would be the show’s last and earlier this morning that they were mulling the idea of potential spin-offs. At the time there wasn’t talk of a shutdown.
The show had only just begun filming this month in Maryland on a new batch of thirteen episodes to debut sometime next year. It’s unclear what will happen to it now – filming might resume in a few weeks, Spacey could exit the series entirely while the season is reworked, or the whole season could be abandoned. In the statement the companies say:
“MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.”
Last season ended with Spacey’s disgraced President Frank Underwood on the outer and up for prosecution, while his wife Clare (Robin Wright) is now serving as U.S. President. Showrunner and creator Beau Willimon exited the series after the fourth season and was replaced by Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, who serve as current showrunners.