'House of Cards' season 4 news: Senior writers tapped as new showrunners following Beau Willimon exit

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“House of Cards” senior writers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are the new showrunners on Netflix’s popular political drama series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson and Pugliese, who both began serving as senior writers in the third season of “House of Cards,” will be taking over showrunning duties following creator Beau Willimon’s exit, which was announced in January along with news of the show’s renewal for a fifth season.

Willimon, who won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for his work on the show’s second season, helped make Netflix become one of the top sources for original scripted programming worldwide.

In a joint statement about their appointment as “House of Cards” showrunners, Gibson and Pugliese said, “We and the rest of the ‘House of Cards’ writers look forward to the next chapter of the reign of Underwood.”

Actor Kevin Spacey, who plays the role of fictional U.S. president Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” said, “I welcome Frank and Melissa in their new roles on ‘House of Cards’ and look forward to collaborating with them and our creative team on season five.” Spacey also executive produces the series.

“After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors, but I’m supremely proud of what we’ve built together, wish the show much continued success, and leave it in the hands of a very capable team,” Willimon said in a statement in January.

The third season of “House of Cards” concluded with the morally corrupt Underwood facing a disintegrating marriage and struggling with a presidential re-election bid. The fourth season, which drops this week, will see the fictional Commander-in-Chief attempting to reconcile with his wife Claire (Robin Wright) and doing whatever it takes to stay in the White House.

The fourth season of “House of Cards” will be available on Friday, March 4, on Netflix.