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‘House Of Cards’ Posts 4th Of July Message From New POTUS Claire Underwood Played By Robin Wright

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On a perfectly timed day to get people intrigued into the sixth and final season of the Netflix hit series, House of Cards, the streaming service tweeted a video message teasing its season expected to bow later this year.

In it, Robin Wright stars as the President of the United States, Claire Underwood, who simply states:  “Happy Independence Day…to me.”  That is followed by the hashtag cleverly stating #MyTurn.

Production of the Netflix drama began earlier this year, while Season 5 came to a conclusion with Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) stepping down as POTUS and Claire taking his place.

As the events unfolded off-screen since the season 5 finale: due to the sexual assault allegations against Spacey from several men, and one from actor Anthony Rapp, that promted the series to fire Spacey for good.  The future of the final season was up in the air, until it was decided to move forward with Robin Wright at its epicenter.

Wright will be joined by a great line-up of castmates including: Greg Kinnear, Diane Lane,Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and more.

Watch the presidential message below. Then let us know, are you excited to see the new season of House of Cards featuring soap alum, former Santa Barbara star, Robin Wright as POTUS?  Comment below.

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Off and on I’d tune into House Of Cards, but I never cared for it. Anyways- great to see a woman president even if by fiction.

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Sadly I think the show should have ended once it was revealed to the world what a disgusting and perverted and predatory man Kevin Spacey was. In general, all the talk will be about how better or worse the show is without Kevin or ROBIN/Clare VS Kevin/Frank.

If Clare wasn’t made a true irredeemable character with that murderast season, I could move past Kevin Spacey being on the show to Robin Wright’s Clare showing how “women do it different. Do it better”. Sadly, Clare is as selfish, as power hungry, indefensible, pyschopathic, and murderous as Frank ever was.

The series needs to end with Clare being led out in handcuffs otherwise it just goes to prove a true point:

Whether male or female, once real power is out in either their hands “IT WILL CORRUPT AND IT WILL DESTROY ALL THOSE AROUND IT AND HOLDING IT”

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The best House of Cards is the British version from a few years ago with Ian Richardson. Really good as only the Brits do it. I really liked Robin Wright as Buttercup in “Princess Bride,” one of my favorite movies. She plays a “strong” woman in it as well. But not as evil, or conniving. Coincidentally several of other actors from the film will be coming to my annual sci-fi comic show that I go to every year. Like Vizzine “inconceivable.” And Wesley. Sounds like needed fun.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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So, do you the news on “Corrie” spells a brighter outlook for the American daytime dramas to begin production shortly in some capacity? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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