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'House of Cards' renewed for season four

There is no trailer. There is no release date. There are no plot details. But Netflix has confirmed that “House of Cards” has been renewed for a fourth season.

The show’s Twitter account announced the renewal Thursday evening with President Frank Underwood’s signature line: “I will leave a legacy.”

“House of Cards” — headlined by Kevin Spacey as President Underwood, a full-time Machiavellian and occasional murderer, and Robin Wright as his icy first lady — more-or-less reinvented television in 2013. The show won more than its share of Emmys, including one for Spacey, and proved that a series could be incredibly successful without ever being traditionally broadcast.

(Do not read the next paragraph if you are not up to date on the show.)

Where we last left off, Claire Underwood — realizing, quite belatedly, the limits of a first lady’s power — threatened to leave her husband in the middle of a tough primary campaign. Since the Underwoods have always been united in doing evil on “House of Cards,” it’s unclear how season four will handle this significant rift in their relationship, particularly as the prospect of a first lady abandoning a president on the verge of re-election seems completely unrealistic. Why doesn’t Claire just wait for her husband to serve a full term, then run for the Senate, as one notable real-life first lady has done?

(OK: It’s safe to resume reading now.)

Deadline Hollywood reported the show will begin filming sometime this summer near Baltimore. The show threatened to move out of Maryland after the show’s producers, Media Rights Capital, had a spat with legislators over tax credits last year.

“Spoiler alert: We’re going to keep the 3,700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that ‘House of Cards’ generates right here in Maryland,” Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said at the time. “Media Rights Capital has been a great supporter of the people and entertainment community in Maryland, and we couldn’t be happier to continue our partnership.”

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