Netflix is ending the political drama ‘House of Cards’ right before the upcoming sixth season. This was decided amid sexual harassment allegations made against Kevin Spacey.
The final episodes will air in 2018. But questions have been raised about what it will do to the thousands of people who were employed directly or indirectly. News of the show termination came less than 24 hours after Spacey responded publicly to allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances on a 14-year-old actor in 1986.
For Season 4 alone, almost 2,700 cast, crew and extras were hired from Maryland, and the production bought or rented goods or services from almost 2,000 Maryland vendors, according to the Maryland Film Office.
Roger Voter says the loss of “House of Cards” would be a “huge detriment.” The show provided staffers with opportunities to learn skills commonly found in jobs in Los Angeles.
A final audit by the state of Maryland found that Season 5 of “House of Cards” contributed $129 million to Maryland’s economy in the form of purchased goods and services from more than 1,750 Maryland businesses and the hiring of more than 1,800 local actors, crew and extras.
The state has awarded almost $60 million in tax credits to “House of Cards” over the years (which included a $7.5 million grant in Season 3).
Occasional crew member Jena Richardson, 28, has worked on the show since Season 2. She told CNN she’d be forced to leave the state if “House of Cards” is shut down.
“People in the film industry go where the work is,” she told CNN Money.
“If the show leaves, that means that a lot of my friends who have become my set family will have to leave to find work as well,” she said. “So if we can keep the work here, then everybody can stay here and provide for themselves and their families throughout the holidays.”
House of Cards started out back in 2013, and the show revolves around (spoilers ahead) husband and wife team Frank and Claire Underwood (Spacey and Wright) as they manipulate and murder their way up the political ladder all the way to the Oval Office. The show was nominated for 33 Emmy awards and eight Golden Globe awards, with Spacey and Wright winning best actor and actress Golden Globes for their performances.