Kevin Spacey Makes Surprise Return in Tucker Carlson Christmas Video, Pokes Fun at Netflix

The Christmas Eve episode of Tucker Carlson’s video series on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) featured a surprise appearance by actor Kevin Spacey in a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the presidential election.

Spacey, who has been out of the public spotlight the past half decade due to sexual misconduct allegations, appears to be playing Frank Underwood, his corrupt politician character from the Netflix series “House of Cards” (though he is never named in the video, thus avoiding any copyright issues).

The seven-minute satirical video, which had garnered 13 million views within 12 hours, is styled as “The Tucker Carson Interview,” with the host stating that the 2024 presidential campaign seems a foregone conclusion and wondering if there’s anyone “who could jump in at this late date and rescramble the calculus of electoral politics.”

Tucker then points to Spacey, who speaks with Underwood’s trademark southern drawl and affectations (including his penchant for turning toward the camera to address the audience directly).

“I’ve always believed nothing should be off the table in life or in art,” Spacey says with a touch of double meaning. “We need to get some adults back in the room.”

Amid a brief discussion of some of the candidates and the need to filter out the noise of social media, Carlson references previous Christmas Eve videos posted by Spacey in 2018, 2019 and 2020, before claiming the two of them have something in common.

“We both got canned by our network,” Spacey replies in agreement.

Carlson’s top-rated show on Fox News was canceled in April 2023 in the wake of lawsuits over coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Carlson subsequently started his X show as well as his own streaming service, Tucker Carlson Network.

Spacey was fired by Netflix in 2017 following the first claims of sexual abuse levied against him, just prior to the start of production of the sixth and final season of “House of Cards.”

“But they actually tried to kill you,” Carlson says, referring to “House of Cards” altering its storyline to have Underwood die offscreen in between the seasons.

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After some criticisms of the media landscape, the pair turn their attention toward Netflix.

Spacey, still speaking as Underwood, claims that Netflix’s iconic “tudum” logo sound was based on him pounding his fist on his desk at the end of season two of “House of Cards.”

“So it is bizarre that they decided to publicly cut ties with me on allegations alone,” Spacey says. “Allegations that have now been proven false.”

A British jury in July found Spacey not guilty of several sexual assault allegations.

“I don’t think there’s any question,” Spacey continues, “Netflix exists because of me. I put them on the map and they tried to put me in the ground.”

“When are you getting back to work, by the way?” Carlson asks, seemingly addressing the question to Spacey more than Underwood.

“I’ve been back at work from the moment we started talking, Tucker,” Spacey replies, still in character though blurring the lines of reality a bit. “What’s true? What’s false? What’s life? What’s art? What’s real? What’s performance? I love it when these things intersect because then it gets interesting.”

Tucker then asks what role Spacey/Underwood sees himself in going forward.

“I will play whatever role the public wants me to play,” Spacey answers.

Spacey is slated to make his acting comeback in 2024 in the thriller Peter Five Eight, which was completed in 2022.

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Final Season of ‘House of Cards’ on Disc March 5

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release House of Cards: Season Six as a three-disc set on Blu-ray and DVD March 5.

The final season of the Netflix original series stars Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear.

The eight episodes deal with Claire Underwood (Wright) adjusting to the position of President of the United States by dealing with the death of her husband, Frank, while maneuvering to defeat her political enemies.

 

Virgin Bowing First 4K UHD TV Channel in the U.K.

Virgin Media is launching the first dedicated 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) entertainment channel in the United Kingdom, beginning Sept. 17.

The channel will be available for Virgin TV Full House and VIP subscribers with a V6 set-top box and 4K TV. Content includes series “Start Up” with Martin Freeman, “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and “House of Cards”; “Shut Eye” with Isabella Rosselini and “The Art of More” with Dennis Quaid, in addition wildlife and nature documentaries set in Zambia and Vietnam, plus gigs from the Rolling Stones, Sting and Imagine Dragons.

Virgin Media has also broadcast an array of sporting events in 4K UHD, including the Champions League Final, the 2018 French Open, Wimbledon Championships, as well as a selection of matches from this year’s World Cup in Russia.

“With the launch of Virgin TV Ultra HD, we’re giving our customers the ultimate entertainment viewing experience with must-see shows in incredible, crystal-clear picture quality,” David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer, said in a statement.

The V6 set-top box is Virgin Media’s fastest and smallest streaming media device offering access to YouTube and Netflix in 4K. The V6 is free to new customers taking one of Virgin Media’s bundles (TV, broadband and telephone). Nearly two million Virgin TV customers have a V6 box in the UK.

The new channel continues Virgin Media’s ongoing investment in 4K UHD programming, following the launch of BT Sport 4K UHD on Virgin TV in August.

 

 

Netflix Releases Teaser Video Clip for ‘House of Cards’ Final Season

Netflix Sept. 5 released a brief trailer (19 seconds) for the pending (Nov. 2) final season of “House of Cards” that is noteworthy for what it reveals happened to lead character President Frank Underwood, played by disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

Frank’s wife, Claire, played by Robin Wright, assumes her husband’s role in the new season.

The critically-acclaimed Netflix original series was turned upside down when allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by Spacey decades ago and on the “Cards” set surfaced. Netflix shut down production of the show and subsequently fired Spacey.

Netflix Resumes ‘House of Cards’ Production; Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear Join Cast

Netflix Jan. 31 announced it has resumed production on the sixth and final (abbreviated) season of original series “House of Cards” in Baltimore following a forced three-month hiatus. The SVOD pioneer added Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear to cast, playing siblings in yet undisclosed storylines.

Production on the show came to a standstill last October when lead actor Kevin Spacey was publicly accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor in the 1980s.

Subsequent revelations resulted in Netflix shutting down production, firing Spacey and shelving the actor’s biopic Gore, about writer Gore Vidal, among other projects. The actions contributed to Netflix reporting a $39 million write-down in its most-recent fiscal period.

“Cards,” along with “Orange Is the New Black,” helped put Netflix on the map creatively, winning myriad industry awards for Spacey as scheming politician Frank Underwood, and Robin Wright as his wife, Claire.

Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter contends the show can succeed despite likely losing viewers since the Spacey scandal broke and the storyline still being in the middle of its stride.

“My guess is that their audience going forward will be half as big as in the past” said Pachter.

The series is distributed at retail by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Netflix Wrote Off $39 Million Due to Kevin Spacey Scandal

Lost in the euphoria of Netflix’s record fourth-quarter subscriber growth, was a $39 million impairment charge management characterized as “unreleased content we’ve decided not to move forward with.”

It’s now been reported the charge related to fiscal fallout from sexual harassment allegations against Kevin Spacey, which included shutting down production on the sixth season of “House of Cards,” and canceling the release of Spacey’s Gore biopic, which he starred in, among other projects.

On the streaming behemoth’s investor webcast, CFO David Wells didn’t mention Spacey, opting instead to walk around the issue declaring content write-offs as an “ongoing facet” of CCO Ted Sarandos’ job overseeing original content production.

Indeed, the non-cash charge had no material impact as Netflix exceeded operating income and contribution profit targets for the quarter.

“We just hadn’t had [an impairment charge] of this magnitude, related the societal reset around sexual harassment,” Wells said. “It was somewhat unusual in that respect.”

Sarandos added that the charge was “probably a good indicator” of Netflix’s diverse content portfolio.

“When you have a lot of high-profile projects going … we’ve moved away from much concentration risk from any one project having a material [fiscal] impact,” he said.