Netflix renews 'House of Cards' for a third season

Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood in "House of Cards." (Melinda Sue Gordon / AP)

"House of Cards" still has a winning hand as Netflix has voted in favor of a third-season renewal for the political drama.

The early renewal for a third installment, confirmed by a Netflix spokesperson, comes ahead of the Valentine's Day rollout of its second season on the streaming service.

"House of Cards" was originally given a two-season commitment, so the news makes good on Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos' indication last fall that he wanted to extend the show's life past that.

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This news also comes as a welcome relief for those who have become infatuated with scheming U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) in his quest for power.

Adapted from the original BBC program of the same name by Beau Willimon, "House of Cards" has earned Netflix bragging rights, becoming the first digitally distributed show to earn major Emmy nominations last year.

The third season of the show, which touts David Fincher as an executive producer, will consist of 13 episodes.

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