That's right, it appears as though Netflix is in talks to acquire its first ever original series! And, to top it all off, it's created by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey!
As deadline.com explains:
In what is probably the biggest gamble in its 14-year history, I hear Netflix has outbid several major cable networks, including HBO and AMC, for Media Rights Capital's drama series House of Cards, executive produced and directed by David Fincher and exec produced by and starring Kevin Spacey.
It appears that we're about to see the very beginnings of what could be a major shift in the way we view "television networks" in the entertainment industry. It looks as though Netflix is committing over $100 million to this project, with a two season investment.
Here's the description of the show, again from deadline.com:
The political-thriller novel House of Cards, written by Michael Dobbs, a former Conservative Party chief of staff, is set at the end of Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister and follows a British politician with his eye on the top job.
Granted, many people would probably think this kind of a show doesn't sound very exciting, but I bet those same people thought that a movie about the founding of Facebook wouldn't be that exciting (look how that turned out).
This is a very exciting time, because we're living through a vast evolution in the way television programs will likely be produced in the future. Instead of being fixated on the idea that TV shows are distributed through the TV (or something like Hulu) at scheduled times, this might be the first step in programs being relegated to the realm of being on when we want them to be.