House of Cards‘s fourth season will be debuting on March 4, 2016, and Netflix has just given the highly-acclaimed series two new showrunners.
EW reports Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese have will be running the Netflix series from now on, with HoC‘s original creator, Beau Willimon, leaving after the fourth season.
Although, Gibson and Pugliese are not newcomers to House of Cards. They are both writers on the series and were originally brought on for season three. In a statement, Gibson and Pugliese said, “We and the rest of the House of Cards writers look forward to the next chapter of the reign of Underwood.”
Perhaps changing up the HoC creative team is a good idea and will be beneficial to this upcoming fourth season. A number of fans of the show were a bit mixed on the third season, with the consensus being that it was uneven. Maybe Willimon has picked up on some of the criticism and applied that to this fourth season, and hopefully, since it will be his last season with House of Cards, he’ll leave it on a high note. Beau Willimon, once nominated for an Academy Award, originally made the decision to step down after they finished filming the fourth season.
“After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors,” Willimon said, “but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team.”
President Frank Underwood and First Lady, Claire, spent a bulk of the series being partners in crime, committing horrible acts together, and shared a lust for power. But things took a turn for the worst for the Underwoods when Frank and Claire got into a headed argument. This was nothing new for the couple, but after Frank told her she was nothing without him, Claire told Frank that she was leaving — and she did exactly that. Now, the Underwoods are going to be introduced in the fourth season of House of Cards as enemies, which will provide a completely different and new dynamic to the show. Here’s hoping that Willimon can knock this one out of the park before he leaves the show for good.
“Netflix and film and television studio MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons,” Netflix said in a statement.
House of Cards‘ newest showrunners also have a resume that consists of a number of other television, film and theater work. Melissa Gibson wrote for FX’s The Americans, for which she received a Writer’s Guild Award nomination. Frank Pugliese has television credits that include Homicide, which earned him a WGA Award and Law and Order, among other shows.
Kevin Spacey, HoC star and executive producer, also released a statement welcoming Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese to their new creative positions. “I welcome Frank and Melissa in their new roles on House of Cards and look forward to collaborating with them and our creative team on Season 5,” Spacey said.
House of Cards, during its entire run, has received 124 award nominations, and won 20 of them. Robin Wright was nominated for a Golden Globe earlier this year, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, but previously won the award in 2014. Last year, Kevin Spacey won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama.
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