‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Production Delayed

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It seems that House of Cards‘ main character Frank Underwood – played by Kevin Spacey – isn’t the only person willing to scheme to get his way politically. Apparently, so are the producers of the hit Netflix series.

Many movies and TV shows filming throughout the country rely on tax benefits in the form of tax credits, exemptions, cash grants and fee-free locations to help fund their productions. These incentives are offered on a state-by-state basis, and oftentimes they mean the difference between a production deciding to film in one location or another.

This is the problem currently befalling House of Cards season 3, which was scheduled to begin production this spring but has now been pushed back to mid-June pending the outcome of two separate bills in the Maryland Legislature. Media Rights Capital, which produces the series, received more than $11 million in Maryland tax credits for season 1 and are on track to receive $15 million for season 2, an amount they were also hoping to get for season 3. That tax credit is currently impossible, however, unless Maryland passes either of two bills required to raise the cap again from $7.5 million, where it was before House of Cards arrived, to $11 million or $18.5 million.

In a letter sent a few weeks ago, MRC pleaded with several politicians to make the right choice, otherwise production would be forced to move to another state:

“We wanted you to be aware that while we had planned to begin filming in early spring, we have decided to push back the start date for filming until June to ensure there has been a positive outcome of the legislation. In the event sufficient incentives do not become available, we will have to break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state.”

On the one hand, the Washington Post says economic development officials reported that House of Cards created nearly 6,000 jobs and poured more than $250 million into the state’s economy since its arrival. Still, many argue those jobs weren’t created for in-state cast and crew members, but more likely the result of out-of-state talent moving in to work on the show. Even if it were true, in-state jobs are only short-term and would no longer be profitable once the show ceases production.

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On the other hand, the state delegates argue, how much more will they have to give? Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D-Montgomery), who until now has supported film tax credits, asked economic development officials at a hearing on the issue last Friday, “This just keeps getting bigger and bigger. And my question is: When does it stop?” Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) concurred, saying, “It sounds like you are suggesting that they wouldn’t film Season 3 here after we’ve given them $31 million already. Is it possible that they would just leave after we gave them $31 million?

If the show, in fact, decides to leave Maryland for greener money-filled pastures, it’s said that Virginia lawmakers are currently looking to increase their tax credit cap to $12.5 million. If not Virginia, then North Carolina would be another good choice for replicating the look and feel of the Capitol, seeing as Washington, D.C. currently offers no tax credits. Summing up how Maryland feels about the issue, Del. Mark N. Fisher (R-Calvert) said it best, “We’re almost being held for ransom.” Indeed.


More: ‘House of Cards’ Season 2 Finale Review


What do you think about all the hubbub? Should Maryland go ahead and give them more money? Or should House of Cards just move everything to another state?


House of Cards seasons 1 and 2 are available in their entirety on Netflix.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Cue Frank Underwood jokes.

    Who does President F.U. have to kill around here for some tax breaks?

  2. Oh, the irony. I guess unlike any other business or corporation, then, the left-leaning movie/TV guild really “needs” a helping hand from our government. What would we do without our entertainment?!

  3. Silly, spineless politicians. One of the main reasons for the show feeling as authentic as it does is due to filming in Maryland. While Virginia could also work, once you get beyond that little things start to change and they can add up quickly. House of Cards needs Maryland and Maryland is part of the visual language of HOC now.

    • Why is it politicians’ fault? Shouldn’t Hollywood, along with everyone else, pay their taxes without regard for benefits or breaks? Shouldn’t that industry, like all others, sacrifice more?

      Oh, I forgot, they are among the hypocritical “elite” in society, and what they dictate as a prescription for others doesn’t apply to themselves…

      • “Why is it the politicians fault?”

        Because they have power and are wielding it ineffectively, imo. To expect that any industry will voluntarily cease asking for preferential treatment/lobbying is naive. The system is what it is. The politicians now have leverage but they fail to see it. The show’s writers could change the settings enough to work around the established locations, !spoiler! they already have in some cases. This may be irrelevant anyways given how the scope of the show is changing.

        • I agree with you, that it would be naive for any industry, or individual, to cease asking for preferential treatment/lobbying.

          Perhaps the left, including those in Hollywood, should stop demonizing all those who do, then.

          Ultimately, the more money any industry, or individual, is allowed to keep only serves to stimulate the economy, as it is money spent on more good and services, technology, workers, etc.

          • Maryland was a no brainer for the first two seasons of the show and they were even able to use some former wire actors. The politicians screwed up years ago, but I’ll bet they all have photos with Kevin Spacey. So, it all worked out in the end.

  4. They should consider Pittsburgh. It has the geography to double as a whole lot of different places, and it (for the moment) still has the tax breaks.

  5. The road to power is paved with hypocrisy!

  6. IMO if the current system isn’t enough or what’s being proposed I say show them the door and say thanks for the business.
    I don’t believe any corporation should be able to hold a state hostage after already receiving tax breaks that go above and beyond what’s reasonable. And it’s not like they will go from receiving an exemption to not receiving one at all.

    Also, lets be honest, will us fans really notice the difference?
    There are countless TV shows and movies that don’t film in the locations that the shows or movies are based.
    Take Justified for example. They film the show in California so unless you are from that exact area in Kentucky where the show is set would or do you notice the difference?
    My guess would be probably not.

    • I can only speak for myself, but this is why I don’t watch Justified. I saw some of the first season and it looked like some location shoots. Then Season two looked like So Cal. For starters, the flora and sunlight were all wrong. But, I suppose it worked for the Dukes of Hazard and some people don’t notice or care.

  7. The market capitalization of Netflix stock makes them entirely self-sufficient. That being said, many states are competing for new business. Even Boeing, where I live got tax credits in years past but are now the main tax base. It would take a lot of tax credits from Maryland to try to fashion a self-sustaining Hollywood II. If that is not the long term plan and if its just “buying” the series for temporary jobs then the Maryland legislature will need to sharpen their pencils.

  8. Hey HOC ease up on the sex. You cheapen the show by settling for the easiness of a sexual plot line. The show is better than that. Really, a SS agent in a 3 way?

  9. Maryland should go ahead and raise the limit as soon as the production company agrees to give the State of Maryland producer credits and some kind of percentage when Netflix releases the series for wider distribution.

    States need to stop being victimized by rich people looking for welfare. Period. This form of socialism for the rich screws everybody else who works just as hard but either do not ask for handouts or are banned from getting them.

    I would be ashamed to say that I made some of my billions by taking handouts from the government. But that’s just me. I happen to believe in real capitalism, not sleazy welfare for the wealthy. Ditto for government funded stadiums.