Netflix Renews 'House of Cards' for Season 3

UPDATED: Ahead of the streaming series' sophomore debut, Netflix has ordered a third season for the Kevin Spacey starrer.
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Netflix is sticking with House of Cards. A few weeks ahead of the Emmy-winning drama's sophomore debut on the streaming service, it has been given the official green light for a third season.

A Netflix rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that House of Cards has received an early renewal, and production is set to begin soon. House of Cards was originally packaged as a two-season pickup, though all parties have spoken optimistically about the show running longer.

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House of Cards marked Netlfix's entry into original series just one year ago. Critically acclaimed, it was followed by Hemlock Grove, Orange Is the New Black and the revival of Arrested Development.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos has said that he wanted more from the show. "I think if you look at the original House of Cards, there was a natural third season, and we could go well beyond that," he said at a November panel. 

Adapted for the U.S. by Beau Willimon, who serves as showrunner, and executive produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, House of Cards' first season scored nine Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations -- including a win for actress Robin Wright.

One measure of House of Cards' success that has not been publicized is how many people have watched it. Netflix keeps its streaming stats secret -- though after an initial window of exclusivity on the streamer, the first season of the Media Rights Capital production is now available on DVD and multiple on-demand platforms.

The story of House Majority Whip Francis Underwood's (Spacey) unscrupulous rise to power, the second season finds the protagonist and his wife, Claire (Wright), continuing their Beltway ascent. It bows on Netflix on Feb. 14.

Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey and Constance Zimmer also star.