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Nasty But Fun: Netflix’s new ‘House of Cards’ season and plans for ‘Better Call Saul’

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The King (of Netflix’s original programming): Kevin Spacey as 'House of Cards'’ Frank Underwood

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...and Netflix’ reigning queen, Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in 'House of Cards'

“The different thing this season is that it puts much more emphasis on Claire [Underwood]; she really comes into her own,” said Friedland about the no-nonsense character masterfully played by Robin Wright. When I joke about the series killing Congressman Russo (Corey Stoll) way too soon in Season One, Friedland laughs and warns me: “Oh, we loved Russo, too, but we’re just going to keep killing ’em off, you have no idea. I’ve seen the first three episodes, and it’s nasty, but fun. Just because we like a character we’re not necessarily going to let them stick around for very long.”

Next for Netflix is to consolidate its feature film-streaming service (which began with the Oscar-nominated The Square and continued with Mitt and the kiddie golf doc The Short Game) and continue pushing exclusive shows like the new hit Orange is the New Black. But no other show has created a bigger buzz than the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, starring the shady lawyer Saul Goodman played by Bob Odenkirk, which premieres in November. The entire first season of the show will stream exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada about a year after its AMC premiere, and the company also has an international agreement for streaming to audiences beyond those two countries. And get this: Better Call Saul has already secured the return of Walter White’s nemesis Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and Bryan Cranston (Walt) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) are willing if not eager to join as well.


“Both Bryan and I want to be a part of that, if they’ll have us,” Paul told Details magazine. “I’d be open to it for sure!” Cranston told Rolling Stone. “It’d be fun to go back into the New Mexico desert and play with my friends.”

So what is it, Mr. Friedland? Will Walt and Jesse be back?

“Oh, man … I don’t get involved in casting,” Friedland said. “But the good thing is that, in a prequel, a lot of people are still alive, so who knows?”


The original article misstated the Netflix's role regarding the production and distribution ofBetter Call Saul.

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