The First Review

The First, the latest original series from Hulu and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, is an engrossing, engaging drama about several characters connected to the first manned mission to Mars. While the red planet may be the ultimate destination, this show is more about the earth-bound lives of its ensemble, and the emotional issues they each grapple with. Read our The First review below.

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The First Trailer

Sean Penn attempts to be one of the first people to set foot on Mars in The First, a new drama series from Hulu and Beau Willimon. No mere sci-fi saga, The First isn’t so much about getting to Mars as it is about the lives of the people involved with the complicated, dangerous mission. Watch The First trailer below.

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the first trailer

Sean Penn, actor and author of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, is headed to Mars in The First, a new Hulu drama from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The series is set in the not-too-distant future, and focuses on the challenges of trying to get to the red planet. Watch the First trailer below.

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house of cards season 6 teaser

Yesterday, the nation celebrated America’s Independence Day, but Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) is celebrating a different kind of “independence.” Netflix released a new House of Cards season 6 teaser to coincide with the July 4 festivities, building up hype for a Claire Underwood-centric season and made a nod to Kevin Spacey‘s firing.

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TV Bits cord cutting

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Cord cutting has reached new heights
  • Seth MacFarlane‘s The Flintstones show probably isn’t happening
  • Sabrina, a Riverdale spin-off, is currently in the works
  • New photos from The Walking Dead season 8
  • The Exorcist season 2 debuts a new featurette
  • And more!

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the handmaid's tale season 2

Hulu will keep its original content flowing, with pick-ups announced for a second season of the harrowing dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale as well as new series orders for Marvel’s Runaways from the creators of the Gossip Girl, and Beau Willimon‘s show about the first human mission to Mars, tentatively titled The First.

Hulu announced these series pick-ups at its upfront session in New York, the television industry’s annual gathering in which networks pitch upcoming shows to advertisers and, by proxy, announce them to the rest of the world.

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New House of Cards Showrunners Announced By Netflix

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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 PlaceboWhat Rhymes with AmericaThis, [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 ConnecticutThe TalkThe AlarmThe Democracy Project). Read the full press release, after the jump.

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house of cards season 4 trailer

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 »

Freddy's House of Cards

There’s one element of Netflix’s House of Cards that always makes an episode better. Not even going to tease it: that element is Freddy’s BBQ Joint. The scenes where Freddy (Reg E. Cathey) feeds ribs to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) give the story not only a dash of authenticity, but also add character and pathos to Frank. (Plus, they make you hungry.) Now Omaze is making it possible for one lucky fan to eat barbecue with Spacey himself on the set of the show. Read more about the House of Cards BBQ contest below. Read More »

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‘House of Cards’ Renewed for Third Season

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Briefly: The second season of House of Cards won’t hit Netflix for another ten days, but a third season is already a definite. The show has just been renewed by Netflix, so exec producers David Fincher and Beau Willimon have a mandate to go back to work. Not that this is a surprise, given that Netflix execs have pledged to continue the show. But it’s good to know that we’ll have thirteen more hours of Kevin Spacey as power-hungry politician Frank Underwood, and (even more so) Robin Wright as Underwood’s iron-willed wife. [LAT]