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Real-life drama in age of Donald Trump challenges TV’s storytellers

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Say you’re a storyteller whose TV show draws inspiration from real-life Washington. Whether portraying the noble geopolitics of “Madam Secretary” or the dirty deeds on “House of Cards,” the high-stakes fumbling on “Veep” or the scourge of terrorism that haunts “Homeland,” script writers have always faced the challenge of staying topical yet inventive without straying outside the bounds of plausibility. Then the Donald Trump presidency struck. Almost overnight the unexpected or unthinkable became the new normal, with real-life drama constantly…

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On Inauguration Day, ‘House of Cards’ announces May return

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“House of Cards” will return in May for a fifth season. The show’s Twitter account posted a video on Inauguration Day featuring an upside-down U.S. flag in front of the U.S. Capitol. The video ends with the date May 30. An upside-down flag is a signal of distress. The show stars Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife, first lady Claire Underwood. The upcoming season will be the first under new co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson…

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Emmy Awards could be 1 for the history books

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The Emmy Awards, television’s annual celebration of itself, are always a big night. But this Sunday’s ceremony may end up supersized. Performers and shows could be setting records and making breakthroughs at the 67th prime-time Emmys. Viola Davis of “How to Get Away with Murder” or Taraji P. Henson of “Empire” have a chance to become the first African-American to win as best drama series actress. “I gotta win! I gotta win for history!” an exuberant Henson said when asked…

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No joke, Americans like fake presidents more than the real ones

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Political dramas are all the rage. “House of Cards” and “Scandal” have a cult following kicked off by the likes of their predecessor, “The West Wing.” And as popular as those shows are, it’s not really too much of a surprise that their fake presidents have earned way more cred from Americans than our actual president. It’s not shocking that Jed Bartlet, the POTUS played by Martin Sheen in “The West Wing,” would rake in some pretty impressive “approval ratings”…

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Congressman to argue that estranged wife committed bigamy

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An outspoken liberal congressman from Florida will argue in court Monday that his 24-year marriage should be annulled because his estranged wife committed bigamy, the opening salvo in an acrimonious divorce case a judge likened to an episode of the TV series “House of Cards.” Rep. Alan Grayson says his wife, Lolita, was still married to Robert Carson when she and the multimillionaire congressman married in 1990 in Virginia. Grayson, a Democrat and highly successful trial lawyer, said the marriage…

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‘House of Cards’ dealt Netflix a winning hand

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Even if it never wins another award, “House of Cards” already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix’s expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had “House of Cards” flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving Netflix the financial clout and creative firepower to further transform how we watch…

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Don’t worry about showering, you’ll need one after House of Cards kicks off Season 3 Friday

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House of Cards kicks off Season 3 on Netflix Friday (though many will probably stay up late to catch it in the wee hours of the morning and binge watch until dinner time – you know who you are.) There’s a lot of sh*t likely to go down in this third round of political debauchery that is House of Cards. Kevin Spacey’s Machiavellian character, Frank Underwood, has assumed the White House after a series of OMG scandals including murder twice…

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