Maryland plays backdrop to 'House of Cards' season 2

If you find yourself sitting in front of the television (or computer or tablet) this Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone.

While Netflix doesn’t reveal the ratings of its home-grown series, millions are expected to tune in to the release of the second season of “House of Cards” on Feb. 14. Available only through the subscription-based Internet streaming service, the second season has already garnered positive reviews from critics. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik called it “the greatest TV drama not on television.”

The Emmy Award-winning political thriller stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless politician. And while the backdrop is portrayed as Washington, D.C., nearly all of the filming was done in Maryland.

Producers took advantage of state film tax credits, as well as Maryland film production talent and resources.

According to Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, during the first season of “House of Cards,” producers hired 2,198 crew, cast and extras, and purchased or rented goods or services from over 1,800 Maryland businesses. Among these businesses were small independently-owned companies, including Furst Bros., that provided picture frames on the set; Meadow Mill Draperies, which constructed window treatments in multiple scenes; and Cornerstone Antiques, which supplied antique furniture.

“The work of Maryland’s talented film industry professionals, both behind, and in front of the camera, as well as Maryland locations, will be showcased when Netflix releases the second season of the groundbreaking ‘House of Cards,'” Gerbes said.

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