House of Cards: Why Not Spend Valentine’s Day With Kevin Spacey?

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To say that House of Cards has simply been a success would probably be an understatement. Entertainment media critics have nominated the series and its actors for 29 awards, six of which it has won and four of which (the 2014 Satellite Awards) are still pending. Both Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, the principal actors, were nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor and actress — Wright took home a trophy and Spacey lost out to Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.

Critical reception aside, the show has been manna from heaven for Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), the video streaming service that is the exclusive host of the series. House of Cards was Netflix’s first foray into original content. The company outbid major networks such as HBO, Showtime, and AMC for the rights to the show, putting its faith behind a pile of user data that suggested the combination of executive producer David Fincher and Spacey would yield a killer show. Add a novel way to digest the content — each season is released in its entirety all at once online — and Netflix had itself a recipe for success.

The second season of the show will be released on Friday, ostensibly setting the agenda for Valentine’s Day plans across the country. Helping the wave of anticipation is a snowstorm in the Northeast that could keep people housebound on Friday. And for fans, the next best thing to the release of the second season is confirmation that filming for season three will begin soon.

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