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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Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff wonder why Showtime announced Twin Peaks at all, praise the audacity of The ABC’s of Death Part 2, and get in an intense debate about House of Cards: Season 3. Be sure to read up on why Netflix’s nostalgia is squelching creativity and why House of Cards insults your intelligence.
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Frank Underwood isn’t done yet. Kevin Spacey will return to Washington, DC. for a fourth season of the Netflix series House of Cards. That turns the series into a longer-running show than the UK original, and also tells you that Frank Underwood is still kicking by the end of season three. Beyond that, we don’t know what to expect. What we do know about the House of Cards S4 renewal is below. Read More »
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If you’re like me, you’re busy binging your way through House of Cards season 3 (please, no spoilers) and are currently invested in the drama. I thought today would be a good time to highlight two new House of Cards videos which have been making their way across the interwebs.
The first is a House of Cards yellow and blue conspiracy theory video essay which attempts to prove that the show’s sophisticated look is actually just composed using a simple color formula. You might remember the orange/blue movie poster formula we highlighted almost six years ago — you weren’t able to look at movie posters the same afterwards, will you be able to watch House of Cards without noticing this simple composition breakdown?
The second video, linguists examine the history behind Frank Underwood’s accent and specifically why Kevin Spacey‘s accent in House of Cards sounds off. Watch the House of Cards yellow and blue video and the Frank Underwood accent video after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
There are less than 24 hours to go until Netflix premieres the third season of House of Cards, meaning you’re running out of time if you still need to catch up or brush up on the first two seasons. Luckily, the Fine Bros. are here to help.
The fast-talking duo have put together a nine-minute House of Cards video recap that covers the past 26 episodes. You’ll have a hard time finding a more efficient way to get yourself up to speed. Watch it after the jump. Read More »