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Netflix’s first original series, ‘House of Cards’, was briefly suspended after sexual abuse allegations rose against lead actor Kevin Spacey. Monday morning, Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, announced the plans to continue to show with the final season, without Spacey.
“We were really excited we could get to an agreement” to provide “closure to fans,” said Sarandos, speaking Monday at UBS’s Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.
He also said he was glad they could continue the show for the 370 people who work on it, as well as “the 2,000 people in Baltimore" — where the Netflix series shoots — who also work on the show.
According to Variety, the last season of ‘House of Cards’ will include eight episodes and will focus on Robin Wright’s character, Claire Underwood. Production is planned to resume in January.
The show was shooting its sixth season when actor Anthony Rapp came out and revealed to BuzzFeed that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him at the age of 14.
Netflix, alongside production partner Media Rights Capital, almost immediately suspended the entire production. Along with announcing that the show will be moving forward, Sarandos also described the final season as a “good creative conclusion” to the series’s story.