It’s not yet time to bid farewell to TV’s “House of Cards,” despite the Kevin Spacey fiasco.
An eight-episode final season will star Robin Wright, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The drama is slated to resume production in early 2018 on for a sixth season, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos announced Monday.
The move obviously will help the crew, whose jobs have been up in the air since Spacey was ousted after sexual assault allegations and Media Rights Capital shut down production on the show in November.
Sources at the time told the industry magazine that season six was almost entirely written before actor Anthony Rapp went public Oct. 29 with allegations Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986, when Spacey was 26 and Rapp was 14.
Writing Spacey out of the show won’t apparently be a big stretch. In the Michael Dobbs’ book that inspired the series, Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, dies.
“House of Cards,” Netflix’s first original series, debuted in 2013 to much acclaim, earning 46 Emmy nominations and six wins in five seasons. Co-star Wright, David Fincher and Dana Brunetti are executive producers.
Spacey has lost a number of recent jobs.
Netflix decided not to release “Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal,” in which he played the title role of the famed writer; he was taken off director Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” with Christopher Plummer taking over the role of J. Paul Getty; and also was removed from CBS’ Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special.
In related news, actor Gabriel Byrne, who appeared with Spacey in the 1995 movie “The Usual Suspects,” said that production on that film was shut down, allegedly due to Spacey’s untoward behavior on the set.
CHRISTINE REPLACES CHARLIE
Christiane Amanpour is taking over for Charlie Rose (another media personality under fire for sexual improprieties) — at least for the time being.
On Monday, PBS announced that the acclaimed international CNN correspondent of a British-Iranian descent will appear, starting on Dec. 11, on “Amanpour on PBS.”
PBS President Paula Kerger said the show will add to “the long tradition of public-affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades.”
Jimmy Kimmel’s 7-month-old son Billy, who was born in April with a heart defect that prompted national debate on health care, is OK after a second surgery on Monday; celebrity guest hosts filling in for Kimmel this week on his late-night show are Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy.
Actor Frankie Muniz is 32. … Singer Singer Keri Hilson is 35. … Comedian Margaret Cho is 49. … Singer-guitarist John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls is 52. … Singer Jim Messina is 70. … Writer Joan Didion is 83. … Singer Little Richard is 85.
— Staff, wire reports