House of Cards (TV Series 2013– ) Poster

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Production was based in a 300,000+ sq. ft. warehouse in the fashion industrial district in Joppa, MD. The set is actually part of an older Macy's distribution center, and all the driving scenes were performed in a green screen room, which served as a refrigerator for fur coats. Inside the building the following sets can be found: Oval Office, the Underwood home (upper lower and main levels), House of Congress, various state representative's offices, South Carolina governor's office, various plush hotel suites.
Production of this original Netflix series is virtually unique for the extraordinary creative freedom permitted filmmakers to write/direct/produce without undue supervision or second-guessing, major factor that drew Oscar nominees like David Fincher to the project.
First original Netflix production to win an Emmy.
An adaptation of the original BBC drama series House of Cards (1990) , itself based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, a British politician and author.
Netflix online company's second original production for online streaming following Lilyhammer (2012).
Along with the fourth season of Arrested Development (2003) and Hemlock Grove (2013), became the first original Netflix production to be nominated for an Emmy.
Netflix won the bidding war between the rest of the networks to produce the show because they committed to do two seasons directly.
Most of the characters incorrectly pronounce Xander Feng's family name as "Fang". Only Raymond Tusk pronounces it correctly as "Fung" which makes sense since he is the only western character who speaks Chinese. Xander, however, would not be his given Chinese name, but it is common for Chinese people to select western names.
Francis Underwoods character is completely based on Richard III.
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Uncredited 'hacktivist' Gregg Housh worked closely with actor Jimmi Simpson (Gavin Orsay) on the Baltimore set for 6 months as a computer hacker-advisor.


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Kate Mara was told from the beginning that Zoe was going to die eventually, but to keep the secrecy before the second season premiere, Mara couldn't tell to anyone that she wasn't part of the show anymore, so she would lie when someone asked how was the shooting going.
The first Congressional Democratic WHIP (Frank's position) also had the surname Underwood. The first Senate Democratic WHIP had the surname of Kern, the same last name of the character selected for Secretary of State over Frank.
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