House of Cards season 5 renewal announced, showrunner Beau Willimon is out | EW.com

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House of Cards renewed for season 5, showrunner exits

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House of Cards has been renewed for season 5, Netflix announced Thursday, but creator and showrunner Beau Willimon will not return for the future adventures of President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey).

The news comes in advance of the series’ fourth season debut on the streaming service, set for March 4. The upcoming installment of the Emmy-winning series will focus on Frank’s campaign for reelection. (Netflix has teased what’s to come through a series of short teasers.)

In a statement to EW, Willimon thanked his team, including “our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.”

“After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors,” he said, “but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team.”

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“Netflix and [film and television studio] MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show’s first four seasons,” Netflix said in a statement. “As an Academy Award-nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure.”

Starring Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, and more, the first three seasons of House of Cards are now streaming on Netflix.