House of Cards to return in 2018 without Kevin Spacey

Home sweet home! House Of Cards will begin shooting without star Kevin Spacey in early 2018. The show's return comes after an emergency hiatus put in place after sexual assault allegations against the actor emerged in lat

The eight-episode season - which will be the last of the series - will begin production in early 2018, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said at a NY conference, according to Variety and The Wrap.

The final season, which will have eight episodes, was planned before the bombshell allegations against Spacey.

Instead, the final season will focus on Robin Wright's character, Claire Underwood, who's gone from being the first lady to vice president and then ascended to the presidency in Season 5 after her husband resigned.

"We are excited about being able to bring some closure for the fans", Sarandos said.

Media Rights Capital produces House of Cards and licenses the show to Netflix.

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Abbreviated 'House Of Cards' Season 6 Sans Kevin Spacey Is A Go, Netflix's Ted Sarandos Says

Netflix announced its decision to end the show, which will now revolve around Robin Wright's character, after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp, who says Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 years old (and when Spacey was 26 years old). However, with the production bump, it looks like viewers can expect the show to resume in late 2018 at the earliest. "The way to do that is having a lot of variety, and executing in multiple genres at a high level", Sarandos said, noting Netflix has made forays into unscripted shows and stand-up specials.

"The returning-series phenomenon is really exciting", Sarandos said, adding, "Last year, there was zero anticipation of "Stranger Things" before the show from the Duffer Brothers became a huge franchise. As more allegations surfaced, Spacey's representative told the press that the actor was seeking treatment.

There have also been rumours recently that Netflix will launch a house of Cards spinoff. She has co-starred with Spacey in the last five seasons of the hit political drama.

Netflix cut all ties with the actor, not only in house of Cards but also in the upcoming film All the Money in the World.

Following Rapp's allegation, Spacey said in a post on Twitter he does not remember the alleged incident.

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