Skip to comments.Netflix's Risky Strategy For 'House Of Cards' ( Senator Kevin Spacey)
Posted on 02/05/2013 5:16:20 PM PST by RummyChick
The thing about making television programs is, the folks who dont do it always think its easy. After all, Seinfeld was nothing more than an NYC apartment set, some writers, and a few unknown actors. Of course, given the number of failed sitcoms, we know its a bit harder than that.
Which is why Netflixs decision to get into original production is brave, risky, and had a very strong likelihood of a disastrous end. After all, HBO has had its share of hits and misses, and its been at original series production for a very long time.
Then Netflix looks down the road, and sees a potential risk ahead as content owners increase the fees to Netflix, or worse yet, decide to withdraw their content from the Netflix platform. So Netflix CEO Reed Hastings makes the smart decision, and decides to begin to invest in their own original programming. And invest he did. He agreed to fund 26 episodes (two full seasons) of House of Cards for a reported price tag for a staggering $100 million dollars.
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The opening scene.
Guess Republican or Democrat.
Netflix did an original series Lilyhammer with Steven Van Zandt. I enjoyed that one, too.
Shockingly, it’s about democrats. I watched several of the episodes and they are full of the kind of shenanigans one would expect in D.C. The British series of the same name (also on Netflix) was done years ago and it was quite good. I would call this one okay, but better than network tv.
I figured it would be about Republicans and had to go look it up to find out after I saw the opening scene.
Watched the first episode today. Excellent show! Kevin Spacey is at the top of his game. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
I liked it. I watched all 13 episodes and can’t wait for the next 13.
That was a great series.
Watch the British series. You might like it better. It may just be that so much of the story is the same and I watch the BBC series first, but I liked it better.
As far as producing their own content, Ive subscribed to Netflix since day one. It may be challenged by the Intel TV concept of gettingd ONLY the cable channels one wants, without having to support the likes of the ABCNNBCBS boot-licking cesspool.
If Netflix offers a real upscale, R-rated lineup, they will kill the networks again.
The networks can only go so far. Netflix only needs to go a bit further.
Remember, some of the earliest artwork found on the cave walls of remotest pre-history were... Naked women.
I think they’re currently filming the second season of Lilyhammer.
I watched the entire first season. It is a winner.
It is a fictionalized version of what goes on behind-the-scenes of Washington.
Having watched about half of the 13-episodes, I see why everything Washington is so screwed up.
The only annoying thing about the British version is the PM wasn’t offed. He was just so evil.
If Netflix decides to appeal to the 50% of Americans networks hate - they’ll make money hand over fist. It’ll be 500 liberal channels for the Americans who are liberal - and ONE channel for the other 50% of Americans. That’s money in the bank.
When he is talking about location and being close to power - who will they see years from and he waves to the camera:
Thought of Sheila Jackson Lee and the way she always hogs the camera as POTUS is walking in for The State of the Union.
I’ve set the personal bar pretty high: Over the past two years, I watched two seasons of Downton Abbey, four seasons of The Tudors, two seasons of Rome, and two seasons of Boardwalk Empire. Incredibly good stories and production quality.
Now what do I watch?
Give this show a try. Even if it is to watch with your mouth agape as George Stephanapolous hammers a Democratic Nominee for Secretary of State...something he would never do in real life.
There is a shot of all the trash left in DC after the inaugural. I had to stop and look to see if David Fincher was a Republican.
Nope, he donated to Obama.
Tech challenged lady here.
How does one get these Netflix produced movies?
I have regular mail-in Netflix but that’s it.
you can stream them online. Don’t know if available via mail.
HBO has hit several home runs that are both daring and have developed huge fan bases.
Carnivale was by all accounts brilliant but was far too expensive to continue. Its fans were devastated. 8.6 IMDb rating.
Six Feet Under had a five year run and has 8.9 rating.
Game of Thrones is the most Machiavellian thriller ever made, and made a dwarf one of the top leading men in Hollywood. 9.4 rating.
The Sopranos. 9.2
The Wire. 9.4
The Newsroom. 8.7
True Blood. 8.0
In Treatment. 8.0
Band of Brothers. 9.6
Generation Kill. 8.7