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Netflix Buys Kevin Spacey / David Fincher Series, 'Joan and Melissa' Renewed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 15th 2011 7:00PM
NetflixNot content to remain a middle man in the "getting quality television programming directly to consumers" game, Netflix is teaming up with Oscar-snubbed director David Fincher and Kevin Spacey to air the duo's original series 'House of Cards.'

Deadline reports that Neflix outbid premium cable networks for the drama by offering a two-season, 26-episode commitment. The company had previously said it wasn't interested in getting into original programming, but with competitors like Amazon nipping at their heels, it seems like a smart move.

In other TV news ...

Could Ricki Lake return to TV? Depends on what Katie Couric wants to do. If the CBS anchor doesn't renew her contract and heads to daytime instead, Lake's out of luck. [Broadcasting & Cable]

Joan and Melissa will be back for more hijinks in 2012. WE tv renewed the mother-daughter duo's reality show for a second season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Another taxidermy show? As Sarah Palin might say, you betcha! The Discovery Channel announced a new special called 'Taxidermy USA' that's scheduled to air March 31. Do we really need to explain what it's about? [Discovery]

The 'Glee' gang is heading to New York City. The cast is heading to the Big Apple to film the episode where New Directions competes in Nationals. Sing it: "In New Yoooooooork..." [TV Guide]

'Six Feet Under' matriarch Frances Conroy will star alongside Jenna Elfman in the ABC comedy pilot 'Bad Mom.' Conroy will play Elfman's mother, who decides to stop helping to raise her grandchildren in order to reclaim her life. [Deadline]

Royal Wedding! Woo! TLC announced its Royal Wedding-inspired week of programming surrounding the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. You can check it out at EW if you're into that sort of thing. [Entertainment Weekly]

Starz is getting in on the supernatural series action with the drama pilot 'The Brink.' The show is written by horror screenwriter Stephen Susco and produced by Gore Verbinski, and is based on the book 'Personal Effects: Dark Art' by J.C. Hutchins. [Deadline]

Beckett is getting yet another admirer on 'Castle.' Her newest potential flame will be played by 'Lie to Me' star Brendan Hines. [TV Guide]

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Jimmy

This is a good move, but it makes me wonder how long it will be before the studios start pulling the programming off Netflix just to be spiteful. Of course, if they didn't have to pay for all those digital rights they could probably expand into even more original programming.

March 16 2011 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Netflix is making the smart move.
making their own content.

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