These House of Cards secrets are so juicy!! But shhhh! It’s classified information.
The Washington-set political thriller is one of Netflix’s biggest original series but like Frank Underwood, the show’s production carries many secrets…in fact its not even an original (oops spoiled the first one already)! Weve brought you to the subway station to brief you, but just make sure youre not on the platform when the train comes!
Its a remake!
Yes, House Of Cards began as a 1990s British TV mini-series set in London’s Houses of Parliament about Conservative Party Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, played by Ian Richardson. The characters and the storylines are very similar, except that the far-right of British politics is still to the left of America!
The President is married to the Secretary of State!
Actor Michael Gill who plays President Garrett Walker is married to Jayne Atkinson, Secretary of State Cathy Durant in the series. Creator and director David Fincher didnt know until after filming. Its hard to imagine Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton as husband and wife…though no harder than Bill and Hilary!
Its close to The Wire
Both series were filmed in Baltimore, Maryland, and use the same diner as a location. Reg E. Cathey who played wisecracking campaign manager Norman in The Wire is a similarly humorous BBQ restaurant owner in House Of Cards. You might also say that theyre both equally disillusioned about the government!
China is a fan!
House of Cards is currently one of the biggest shows on Chinese television. Netflix reported traffic from Chinese government IP addresses, and members of the communist party have declared their fandom. I hope they dont think its a documentary!
Its big on Capitol Hill
Obama has tweeted about it, Democrats Jay Carson and Kevin McCarthy have consulted for the show, and showrunner Beau Willimon once worked on major political campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean. Is life imitating art here, or the other way around?! Were not sure, its classified.