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Netflix announced today that the second season of its critically acclaimed hit series, “House of Cards,” will premiere on Friday, February 14, 2014. Those lovebirds looking for something special to do for the most popular date night, Valentine’s Day, will be given the opportunity to tune into all 13-episodes of season two which will become available instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. Starring Academy Award® winner (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, “House of Cards” tells the story of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C. political circles.

In the second season, Francis Underwood (Spacey) and his wife Claire (Wright) continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwood’s must overcome these dangers – past and present – to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.

In addition to Spacey, Wright, Mara, Gill and McRaney, the series also stars (“Treme”), (“Person of Interest”), (“The Cabin in the Woods”), Nathan Darrow (“Rigged”), Sakina Jaffrey (“Definitely Maybe”), Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and (“Deadwood”).

Additional cast members appearing in the series include: Jayne Atkinson (“The Following”), (“The Lone Ranger”), (“Orange is the New Black”), Reg E. Cathey (“Grimm”), Derek Cecil (“Treme”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), Ben Daniels (“Merlin”), Joanna Going (“Mad Men”), (“Person of Interest”), Mozhan Marno (“In Plain Sight”),  (“,” “Mad Men”), (“V/H/S”), (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and (“The Newsroom”).

Carl Franklin (“Homeland”), (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), John David Coles (“Justified”), (“Orange is the New Black”) and Robin Wright all direct season-two episodes.

Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the second season of “House of Cards” is executive produced by , Beau Willimon, Joshua Donen, , Kevin Spacey, , , Michael Dobbs and David Manson. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

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