House Of Cards Season 2 Gets A Smoky Teaser And A February Premiere Date

By Kelly West 2013-12-04 08:20:24 discussion comments
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As if to assure us that they aren’t changing their strategy for full-season launches of their original programming following word that they’re debuting only the first handful of episodes of their new children’s series this Christmas Eve, Netflix has announced the premiere date of House of Cards’s section season, and it’s coming all at once. We also get the above teaser, which offers us little more than the sight of Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood smoking a cigarette before the February 14, 2014 premiere date presents itself, but I’m thinking in the case of this teaser, it’s what we aren’t seeing that counts the most — the figurative wheels of Claire Underwood’s mind are most definitely churning. What is she plotting? That’s anyone’s guess, but it actually makes me more excited for the series to return than I might be if we saw a bunch of spliced together footage.

Directed by David Fincher, House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as U.S. Representative Francis J. Underwood, while Wright plays his equally ambitious wife Claire. The first season introduces us to this power couple as they attempt to work their way further up the political ladder in Washington DC, by whatever means necessary. Netflix announced today that they’ve set the 13-episode launch of Season 2 for Valentine’s Day.
In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers -- past and present -- to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.

In addition to Spacey, Wright, Mara, Gill and McRaney, the series also stars Mahershala Ali (“Treme”), Sebastian Arcelus (“Person of Interest”), Kristen Connolly (“The Cabin in the Woods”), Nathan Darrow (“Rigged”), Sakina Jaffrey (“Definitely Maybe”), Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”).

Earlier this week, Netflix announced that they were launching the first season of their new DreamWorks original animated series Turbo FAST this Christmas Eve, unveiling the first five episodes on December 24 with plans to debut additional episodes in the coming year. At that time, I expressed hope that their decision to launch that series a little bit at a time had more to do with trying to make the show available during the holiday season, and not an indication that they were looking to change their launch strategy for all original programming moving forward. Thus far, Netflix has been debuting the full season of their new series all at once, and it looks like they’re going to continue taking that approach for House of Cards, which is a good thing. House of Cards is a slow-boil kind of drama that really builds on itself, and if the first season’s any indication, it’s one of those shows that gets better with each episode. Hopefully the same will apply to Season 2. We’ll find out in a matter of months!
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