House of Cards “ain’t your daddy’s West Wing,” Kevin Spacey told EW in June. That’s instantly clear in the first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming series, which stars Spacey as a ruthless southern congressman who will stop at nothing to seize the power he feels like he deserves. “Power is a lot like real estate,” says his Rep. Francis Underwood, during the inauguration of a president who has different plans for Underwood’s future. “It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”
There’s not a trace of Jed Bartlet’s soaring rhetoric or idealism to be found in House of Cards, executive produced by David Fincher and Eric Roth and based on a 1990 BBC drama about a similarly nasty British MP. Instead, Beltway politics are a Darwinian jungle with pols demanding loyalty with vile threats: “We’ll cleave you from the herd and watch you die in the wilderness.”
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Know how D.C. politicians have been so happy to guest star on Parks and Recreation this season? This doesn’t seem like that kind of show.
The series, produced by Media Rights Capital, becomes available — all 13 episodes — on Feb. 1.