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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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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 »

house of cards season 4 trailer

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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house of cards season 4 trailer

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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House of Cards Season 4 teaser

American voters have a whole lot of potential presidential candidates to choose from right now — too many, really, even if the field has narrowed a bit in the past several weeks. The last thing we need is yet another scheming politician vying for our attention and trying to claw his way to power.

Unless, that is, that scheming politician is Frank Underwood. Netflix dropped the first House of Cards Season 4 teaser during the GOP debate on CNN last night, which includes official information about the 2016 premiere date. Watch it after the jump.  Read More »

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Netflix has released a new study revealing just how long it takes for viewers to become hooked by a television show. According to the data from the global streaming service, viewers are rarely hooked by a show in the pilot episode.

Netflix analyzed its global streaming data* across the inaugural seasons of some of today’s most popular shows – both Netflix original series and shows that premiered on other networks – looking for signals that pointed to when viewers became hooked. It turns out that when commercial breaks and appointment viewing are stripped away and consumers can watch an entire season as they choose, you can see fandom emerge. That is, 70% of viewers who watched the hooked episode went on to complete season one or more poetically, when members were hooked and there was no turning back.

So how long did it take popular television shows to hook the viewers? Find out, after the jump.
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Neve Campbell in House of Cards

With three seasons gone, the Netflix series House of Cards feels now like it needs a shot in the arm. The series debuted strong as Netflix’s flagship streaming series, but in its second and third season the show has contended with the loss of David Fincher, who moved on to other projects, and an audience that, based purely on anecdotal evidence, is growing wary of the show’s tricks.

Netflix and creator Beau Willimon are powering forward with House of Cards season 4, however, and the show has just added Neve Campbell as a regular.  Read More »

Netflix ratings

One of the great mysteries of Netflix is how many people are watching. We know there are over 40 million domestic subscribers, but what those people are actually watching, and when, is something only the company itself knows. Netflix does not share ratings data. As streaming becomes more and more prominent, however, ratings are something many people are curious about. Now one company is offering up data on how many people are watching stuff on Netflix… with a major caveat.

A San Diego-based company called Luth Research has put together a large sample of test subjects (about 2,500) that allows them to gauge what and when people are watching on Netflix. Their research, however, only accounts for people who are watching directly on Netflix, meaning on your computer, phone or tablet. Anyone watching through another service – a gaming system, an internet-enabled TV, a Roku – is not counted.

So what were the results? Below, find out the rough first Netflix ratings for Daredevil, House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline and more. Read More »