In the wake of the Kevin Spacey sexual assault allegation, Netflix announced that they were canceling House of Cards after the sixth season. But there is speculation that season six might not even get to air. Which all make sense as Netflix is taking these allegations very seriously. I don’t necessarily know if that’s Netflix being diligent, or if they’re concerned about this in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Both are horrible, but I do question their motives with this move. Regardless, however, the show will likely go on in one form or another. But without Frank Underwood, and in the form of a spin-off. This could work.
In my previous post about this, I suggested that the show could go on without Frank Underwood. He could be killed off, for example. Or they could even send him to prison where we never see him again. But that doesn’t really work because Kevin Spacey is an executive producer on the show. And if Netflix wants to distance themselves from him, the whole show has to collapse. No pun intended. Although, I did set it up that way.
Which is why this idea of a spin-off is a really good one. If the allegations are true (and I’m not suggesting they aren’t. I am merely taking a neutral stance until more information is provided.) Netflix will not want to work with Spacey. However, if they aren’t true, then this isn’t a great move for Netflix.… Read the rest
That didn’t take long. The Netflix drama, House of Cards will end after its upcoming sixth season. Production has already begun on the season, which is set to premiere in 2018. So what happened? The series is coming to an end in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey. On Sunday, Star Trek: Discovery Star, Anthony Rapp, claimed that Spacey had sexually assaulted him at a party when Rapp was just 14 years old. Spacey later apologized to Rapp in a statement released hours after the interview was published. In the apology, Spacey claims he didn’t recall the incident, but is “beyond horrified” by Rapp’s story. Also in his statement, Spacey came out to the world indicating that he was going to live the rest of his life as a gay man. Many critics are saying that this was in an attempt to deflect attention.
Netflix released a statement on Monday which states:
“Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time.”
I am in no way defending Spacey if he did sexually assault Rapp. Nor am I suggesting that Rapp isn’t telling the truth. I do wonder, however, if the cancellation of the show is a bit harsh? … Read the rest
Cord cutting has now become the “new normal”, as they say. More and more people are doing it, and subsequently moving to streaming services. Because of that, Neilsen is going to start tracking subscription-based streaming numbers. The idea is to measure streaming services in the same way that Neilsen has tracked broadcast TV for decades now. This includes demographic information and the number of people streaming a program. This is huge though. Think about it. Previously, Neilsen would only track this information if you were watching the show at the time it aired. But who does that anymore? Even if you do watch at the time that it’s on, like my parents, those numbers are going to be relatively low. Which suggests that no one is watching a show. And this is how ratings are calculated.
For now, however, Neilsen is only going to be tracking Netflix. But you can expect them to start tracking data from Amazon and Hulu by next year. Another reason that this is so huge is the number of companies that are getting into the streaming business. Disney, for example, is planning on launching their own version of Netflix, so they will want to know what those numbers are. Especially for their own Disney produced shows. But Netflix hasn’t “signed on” to have this data tracked. Netflix is against the idea, so Neilsen is going to be tracking this information independently. Is that ok?
This is going to be problematic though as the report won’t be comprehensive.… Read the rest