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Anatomy of a Script: Beau Willimon and House of Cards

A groundbreaking television experiment, HOUSE OF CARDS is one of the first series ever to be released in its entirety on Netflix’s stream-on-demand service.

Based on the novel by Michael Dobbs and the previous BBC miniseries of the same name, the show chronicles the days of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) a Democratic member of the House of Reprentatives who is passed over for a promotion to Secretary of State. It’s received praise from critics, including Joanne Ostrow of the Denver Post, who called the show “gleeful in its portrayal of limitless ambition.”

In this conversation, Executive Producer Beau Willimon discusses the show’s pilot with Robin Schiff, from its inception to its final draft.