Quite a few anticipated series are getting premiere dates on Netflix these days. The highly anticipated reunion season of Arrested Development will be available on Netflix, and Ricky Gervais's controversial show Derek will also premiere on the site for Americans. The latest series to get a Netflix premiere is House of Cards, from acclaimed director David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey.
Indiewire reports that the series, which is based on a BBC miniseries of the same title, will premiere all 13 episodes of its first season on Netflix on Feb. 1, 2013. The D.C.-set political drama is about the House Majority Whip, Francis Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. Robin Wright plays Underwood's wife Claire. The series also stars Kate Mara and Michael Kelly. Fincher executive produces the series and directed the first two episodes. Other noteworthy directors involved include Joel Schumacher and James Foley.
Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explained why the site is premiering all 13 episodes at once: "In offering the entire season at once, Netflix is giving viewers complete control over how and when they watch the show."
Not only does the show now have a place to premiere, but it has also been renewed for a second season, which will begin filming next spring.