Netflix guns for more 'House of Cards' to come

The streaming video site's top content executive reiterates that Netflix will make more of its high-profile original series beyond the company's original two-season order.

Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards" Screenshot by Joan E. Solsman/CNET

If you're not satisfied knowing a second season of "House of Cards" is on the way, Netflix's content chief said much more bingeing should be in store for you after that.

Netflix's Ted Sarandos told Deadline Hollywood that talks for a third season of the political thriller are under way, after delivering a keynote Saturday at Film Independent, an arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival.

During his speech, Sarandos reiterated his and Chief Executive Reed Hasting's ongoing message that Netflix will continue to make its headline original series as long as it can. Though Netflix doesn't disclose viewership data on its programs, executives have called it a home run, and "House of Cards" broke ground as an online-only TV platform by winning several Emmys this year .

Prior to the 2013 awards, Netflix had a Technology and Engineering Emmy to its name.

Hastings put the idea of as many as five season on the radar .

"Hopefully, by the time we get to season three, four, five, if we're fortunate enough to get there, then we turn it into a Harry Potter-esque global massive phenomenon," he said during a discussion of Netflix's second-quarter results in July.

Netflix committed to 26 episodes -- two seasons -- of "House of Cards" from the outset. However, earlier this month a producer on the series inserted a sliver of doubt about it returning. Co-executive producer Rick Cleveland suggested at the Vancouver International Film Festival that anything beyond the second season could be difficult given the attention stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright devote to shooting movies.

Sarandos's message over the weekend was clear: Netflix started with two "House of Cards" seasons, but the intention has always been more.

 

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