Netflix Will Produce Network-Quality Shows Of Its Own

There were rumblings yesterday that Hulu wants to start producing original content. Netflix just beat them to the punch, successfully acquiring the rights to a new TV show directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. Wow.

The show is a drama called House of Cards, which is an adaptation of the book and miniseries from the UK. AV Club says that Spacey will star as a "ruthless politician". They also paid $US100 million dollars and committed to 26 episodes, outbidding HBO and AMC on their way to getting their hands on the rights. Networks and cable operators: suck it. [AV Club]