Besides The Following, House of Cards has been one of my most anticipated shows of the year. There are two reasons for this and both of them are fairly important. First of all, I am intrigued by the show itself. It is the first time that David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright have all been lured to work in television. That is a big draw and I am very interested in what they will be able to do in the medium. I am not going in with blinders, because I was very excited about The Following and that disappointed me greatly. However, I think this show just looks great. I like this trailer slightly less than the first one, but think that it is still incredibly intriguing. The show follows Spacey's character who is the Majority Whip who will do anything to become President...and I think that means anything. I love The West Wing with all my heart, but also am more than happy to have a show that looks at the sordid underbelly of politics in Washington. So much so that I am considering canceling all my plans this weekend to watch all 13 episodes. Report to follow.
Which brings me to my other excitement about House of Cards this weekend. It feels like it could be a very historic moment in the history of the distribution of television. For the first time in years, Netflix is actually attempting to use a new model and it is one that could change things forever. I'm not saying television will be different overnight, but with such a big high profile show premiering in this manner - if it becomes a success for the streaming service, it could lead to much more content created and released in this manner. Netflix has already said they will not be releasing ratings for the show as they are a subscription based business and would like all reports to be based around that business model. We'll see if that changes if there is good news. I also appreciate the fact that a content service is actually acknowledging the different viewing habits of audiences and how so many people have become used to and prefer the marathon style now. This really broaden options. Netflix will have another chance at success with this model when Arrested Development is released this summer. That is another highly (highly) anticipated new (old) show of the year.
On the other hand, this experiment could fail miserably for Netflix, but more than anything I am happy that there are some original plans out there for content delivery and hope networks/distributors/creatives are just working on more.
Who's with me and will be watching this weekend?! (Forget that little Superbowl thing.)