Tomorrow will bring us the second broadcast of “Manzi in the Morning” on WCAP 980 am, starting at 10:00 am. I am delighted to be interviewing Sebastian Arcelus, who plays Washington Herald editor Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix series “House of Cards”. I have seen all 13 episodes on Netflix, and look forward to the second season. The series is really a revolutionary change in the way Americans watch TV, and it looks like with this success companies like Netflix will produce more original programming, and possibly hasten the day when consumers are free to (gasp) abandon their cable hookup. Amazon appears to be moving towards original content delivered via the internet, another major player willing to take on the networks and the cable providers.
Of course the success of this series is not guaranteed for future efforts. The quality of this programming is terrific, with Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Majority Whip Frank Underwood a tour de force. Netflix is spending liberally, with production values the same or better than those found on network or cable programming. Is it time to start selling the stock of the networks short? Not only is new programming coming from the internet, but cable shows like AMC’s “The Walking Dead” are routinely beating the networks in their time slots. A new wave in TV being led by Netflix, and a terrific show that you should check out in “House of Cards.” Have a question about the show you want me to ask? Post it here, or drop it to me via Twitter @billmanzi, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to ask it. Tune in tomorrow at 10:00 am for some insight into “House of Cards.”