Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned. Production has begun on what will be the final season of the drama series, which is set to premiere in 2018.
Word of the series’ end comes in the wake of sexual-assault allegations against its star, Kevin Spacey. On Sunday in an interview with Buzzfeed, “Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had sexually assaulted him at a party in 1986 when he was 14. Spacey later apologized to Rapp saying he did not recall the incident.
Spacey is the star and executive producer of “House of Cards,” the drama series that put Netflix on the map as a destination for original programming. Since 2013, the series has been nominated for 53 Primetime Emmy Awards — including five nominations for outstanding drama series.
Kevin Spacey out and about
Kevin Spacey out and about
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Spacey onstage to present Britannia Award for Excellence in Television presented by Swarovski at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 24: Actor Kevin Spacey during the 'Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival' at ICM Munich on September 24, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images for Bits & Pretzels)
ROME, ITALY - AUGUST 26: Kevin Spacey looks on prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale on August 26, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Kevin Spacey attends the Woodside Gallery Dinner in benefit of Elton John AIDS Foundation in partnership with BVLGARI at Woodside on June 22, 2017 in Windsor, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BVLGARI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Kevin Spacey attends the European Premiere of 'Baby Driver' at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 21, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage )
NEW YORK, NY ? JUNE 12: Kevin Spacey attends the O&M afterparty for the Tony Awards at the Carlye Hotel on June 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey at THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Kevin Spacey performs onstage during the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey attends the Build Series to discuss his new play 'Clarence Darrow' at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Kevin Spacey discusses 'Clarence Darrow' with the Buld Series at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Actor Kevin Spacey enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Actor Kevin Spacey and Chairman and President of The Stronach Group Belinda Stronach arrive at The Stronach Group Owner's Chalet at 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Stronach Group)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 08: Actor and Executive Producer Kevin Spacey attends Netflix's 'House of Cards' For Your Consideration Event at Netflix FYSee Space on May 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0656 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Kevin Spacey during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on April 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 2: Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will host THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Sunday, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Joe Pugliese/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Kevin Spacey performs 'New York State of Mind' with Billy Joel at his 40th consecutive sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on April 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Kevin Spacey (L) and Natalie Portman pose during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TNT)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Zoey Deutch, Nicholas Hoult, and Kevin Spacey attend the 'Rebel In The Rye' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Kevin Spacey attends the Singles Final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Starring alongside Robin Wright, Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a devious congressman who ascends to the role of President of the United States through a series of complex machinations.
Filming for season six began in Maryland this month. No premiere date has yet been set by Netflix. Season five premiered May 30 on the streaming service.
Unlike leaders at most media and entertainment companies, Netflix executives have been largely silent about the issue of sexual harassment since a wave of allegations engulfed frequent Netflix collaborator Harvey Weinstein earlier this month. Netflix spokespersons have declined repeated requests to comment on the Weinstein situation. During an interview pegged to the company’s quarterly earnings report this month, chief content officer Ted Sarandos dismissed the idea that Netflix might by the Weinstein Company, the embattled production company that Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein founded.
“Our business with the Weinstein Company is pretty arm’s distance,” Sarandos said. but in reality the relationship between Netflix and Weinstein has been much closer, with multiple creative partnerships and joint appearances. Netflix and the Weinstein Company also hosted a Golden Globes party together for the last three years.