Netflix doesn’t release its viewership numbers. In fact, even people that work on the streaming service’s shows, like Kevin Spacey, don’t know exactly how many people have watched their work. Since Netflix doesn’t sell advertisements, they don’t feel obligated to release those figures. If they’re happy with the numbers — as they were with their most-watched movie ever, The Ridiculous Six — they don’t feel the need to boast about them. If they’re not pleased with viewership, then very few people outside of Netflix will ever know about it. Unless a show gets the ax, of course.
The streaming service hasn’t come out and said how many viewers their original content attracts, but the company has released the Netflix Binge Scale, revealing which shows are the most devoured (Sense8, Grace & Frankie) or savored (Daredevil, Narcos) by their customers.
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Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
The results are in. House of Cards season 4 hit Netflix at exactly 12:01 AM Pacific time this morning, and the critics have now weighed in with their thoughts on the latest batch of episodes. Overall, the consensus is that House of Cards has re-embraced its soap opera roots, and is all the better for it. Robin Wright is getting particular praise for her turn as Claire, who finds herself at odds with husband Frank, and some of the new additions to the cast (including Ellen Burstyn and Cicely Tyson) have drawn positive notice as well.
On the flip side, it sounds like House of Cards hasn’t suddenly gotten more real-world political just because 2016 is an election year. Those hoping showrunner Beau Willimon will use his final season with the series to comment on the craziness of the current race for the White House will probably be disappointed, although those who just want to escape into drama and scandal and intrigue may find plenty to enjoy. Read a round-up of House of Cards season 4 reviews below. Read More »
Netflix has named two new show runners for their original series House of Cards, replacing the show’s creator Beau Willimon. The streaming service is promoting two of the senior writers who have been working on the show since 2014. The new House of Cards showrunners will be Melissa James Gibson (whose plays include Placebo, What Rhymes with America, This, [sic], Suitcase or, Those that Resemble Flies from a Distance and Brooklyn Bridge) and Frank Pugliese (whose theater work includes Aven’U Boys, The King of Connecticut, The Talk, The Alarm, The Democracy Project). Read the full press release, after the jump.
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Did anyone else spend his or her time this weekend binge-watching Love? Did anyone else watch it twice on Netflix? I did, because the relationship comedy is just that good, and also because I’m not sure how to feel about the season finale yet. It’s a great and honest show, and one to watch right away if you haven’t yet.
There isn’t a whole lot more content coming to Netflix to enjoy next month, but two of the streaming platform’s most popular shows return this March.
Find out what they are below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ve joked a few times about Netflix‘s approach to marketing the fourth season of House of Cards, which has mostly entailed them nothing at all. There has been some viral marketing and some vague teasers, but otherwise, the the streaming service’s flagship series has been awfully quiet for a pop culture juggernaut that is less than a month away.
And right on cue, the first proper House of Cards season 4 trailer has arrived. Don’t give Netflix too much credit, though – this is still very much a teaser. They know they have a built-in audience for this show no matter what they show off in previews.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’m just spitballing here, but what if House of Cards season 4 is really just a big elaborate prank? After all, the latest season of Netflix‘s flagship series is only a few weeks away and we’ve yet to see a full and proper trailer. Sure, the streaming giant doesn’t have to work too hard to sell this massively popular show, but you’d think they’d want to drum up some hype and give all of the voters, er, viewers a show of confidence after that lackluster third season. A handful of vague teasers won’t cut it!
Netflix has now revealed that actor Joel Kinnaman has joined House of Cards season 4, but they don’t have a single thing to say about who he is playing, how many episodes he’s in, and whether or not he’s being cast right now for a minor part or has been filming a larger part in secret. They did, however, release a picture of him in character.
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Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Yesterday brought us the delightfully bizarre first trailer for Kevin Spacey‘s feature-length cat video Nine Lives, but if you prefer your Kevin Spacey performances to involve more scenery-chewing and less kibble-munching, you’re in luck. Netflix has announced it’s renewing House of Cards for a fifth season, to premiere in 2017.
There’s a catch, however: House of Cards‘ fifth season will be the first without showrunner Beau Willimon, who’s been with the show since day one. More on House of Cards season 5 after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are a handful of shows that could arrive without any fanfare and still lead to television fans of all kinds struggling to binge every episode before anyone else. Netflix‘s House of Cards is one of those shows and the streaming giant knows it. That’s why the new season arrives in a little over a month and we’ve only seen a few tiny teasers advertising the show – why spend the time, money, and energy to create a massive marketing campaign when countless people are just going to fire up their Netflix account, see that the new season has dropped, and dive in without being asked oh-so-kindly by a dozen trailers?
The latest House of Cards season 4 trailer is very much in line with the previous teasers that have been unleashed online. All they need is a smug Kevin Spacey and a release date.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When someone writes a gigantic book about the history of mass entertainment a few decades from now, they’re going to need to dedicate a chapter to House of Cards. Netflix‘s first original series is one of those watershed moments – you can cleanly divide the timeline between before and after this show premiered. Here is the series that broke the dam on streaming shows. Here is the series that transformed Netflix into a major player in the film and TV industry. Here is a series that proved that you can somehow craft a hit show by running an algorithm.
And yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find too many fans who thought that season 3 of this crafty, dense political drama was up to snuff. It was a definite step down from the gleeful insanity of season 2, which saw the series embrace its soap operatic side with outlandishly entertaining results. So the new season has one primary objective: get everything back on course. And wouldn’t you know it? A new House of Cards season 4 trailer has arrived and you can watch it below. Let’s start judging.
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David Fincher is returning to Netflix. The director was working on two HBO shows, Video Synchronicity and the sci-fi mystery Utopia, but the former halted production, while the latter ran into budget issues and its actors, including Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), were released from their contracts. It’s a shame both shows didn’t move forward, but it’s not the first time a promising project involving Fincher didn’t come to fruition. After a successful collaboration with Netflix, though, the acclaimed filmmaker is bringing another show to the streaming service.
Find out more about Mindhunter after the jump.
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