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'House of Cards' Renewed For Season 5 As Showrunner Leaves Series

'House of Cards' has been renewed for a firth season ahead of its season four debut in March.

Netflix has handed an early season renewed to its first original scripted series. However, showrunner Beau Willimon will not return to the political drama.

"Concurrent with the renewal, creator and showrunner Beau Willimon is departing the critically acclaimed series," Netflix says in a statement.

"Netflix and 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."

"As an Academy Award-nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure."

Willimon thanks "two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright" in his statement.

"After five years and four seasons, it's time for me to move on to new endeavors," he adds, "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."

Sources close to Beau Willimon have said he is focusing on writing an original play.

'House of Cards' has also released a new teaser, hinting that the season sill see Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood digging even deeper.

January 29, 2016 |

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