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House of Cards renewed for fifth season ahead of season four premiere

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Showrunner Beau Willimon exiting the show

Months before House of Cards' fourth season is set to launch on Netflix, the streaming service has announced the show has been renewed for a fifth season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's fifth season will air in 2017. There's no release date set, but based on precedent set by the past four seasons, it should be expected between February and March of next year.

The streaming service also announced that showrunner and executive producer Beau Willimon would not be returning to the series for the fifth season.

"Netflix and MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show's first four seasons," a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter reads. "The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure."

Netflix hasn't announced who will replace Willimon for season five and any other possible future seasons. Polygon has reached out to Netflix for comment.

House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey as the formidable politician, Frank Underwood, returns to Netflix on March 4.

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