Producing long running TV shows are a tricky thing. Although the first few seasons are an excitingly new time where the cast and creatives can allow their artistry to flow freely, it can be hard to sustain the same excitement as the years go by. And when showrunners depart, it can be even harder. So when Netflix's pride and joy House of Cards lost its showrunner and creator Beau Willimon after Season 4, skeptics feared for the future of the political drama. But according cast member Neve Campbell, those worries are for naught.
Well, this should put the critics at ease. While Beau Willimon's departure may have confused and terrified the hardcore fandom, House of Cards is still very much being run from within the family. No stranger was brought in, instead two senior writers got major promotions.
Those two new showrunners are Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson. The duo joined the series back in Season 3, and have each written quite a few episodes during the last two seasons of House of Cards. They had two seasons to get to know creator Beau Willimon, as well as each of the show's main characters. Frank, Claire, Doug, and the whole motley crew are very complex and layered creations, so they needed to be handled delicately.
It should be interesting to see where House of Cards goes in Season 5. The past four seasons saw the Underwoods commit heinous acts or murder and villainy, ultimately landing Frank in the Oval Office. But Season 4 ended with some of the Underwoods' enemies seemingly closing in. Between Conway's Presidential Campaign and Hammerschmidt's article exposing the President and First Lady, they're going to have to make even more cutthroat moves in order to secure the Presidency and destroy their enemies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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