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Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey as Claire and Frank Underwood. (YouTube / Netflix)

Taking over

Robin Wright will star on ‘House of Cards’ instead of Kevin Spacey

By WITW Staff on December 5, 2017

After more than a dozen men accused Kevin Spacey of sexual harassment and assault, the actor was fired from his Netflix series House of Cards. Production on the show was suspended. But as USA Today reports, Netflix has announced that it will proceed with its sixth and final season of House of Cards by elevating Robin Wright’s character to the lead role.

Wright plays Claire Underwood, the wife of Spacey’s Frank Underwood and his partner/occasional enemy in slithery political machinations. And fortunately for House of Cards’ showrunners, the way the fifth season left off paved the way for Claire to take the reins (in the interest of avoiding spoilers, nothing more will be said).

“[W]e’re really excited about bringing some closure to the show for fans,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said at the Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.

Wright is not the only woman to take over for a male public figure disgraced by accusations of harassment and assault. In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against veteran journalist Charlie Rose, PBS has announced that it will replace Rose’s show with a program hosted by another legendary reporter: Christiane Amanpour.

Rose had hosted his eponymous interview program for decades, before the allegations him prompted PBS to cut ties. In place of Charlie Rose, CNN reports, PBS will now run Amanpour, an existing CNN show that focuses on public affairs. PBS has said that Amanpour will air “on an interim basis,” until the network can settle on a permanent replacement.


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