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New "House of Cards" show highlights SC Congressional District

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(AP Photo/Netflix, Melinda Sue Gordon). This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey in a scene from the Netflix original series, "House of Cards," an adaptation of a British classic. (AP Photo/Netflix, Melinda Sue Gordon). This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey in a scene from the Netflix original series, "House of Cards," an adaptation of a British classic.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP/WBTV) -

The popular movie service Netflix is branching and taking a step into their own programming with a new show that has South Carolina ties.

Friday, Netflix debuted a new show entitled "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey. The series is directed by award winning director David Fincher, who is known for "Fight Club" and "The Social Network." The show is the first to air exclusively on Netflix.

The video streaming service spent a reported $100 million on the Washington based drama that takes a look at politics, but also shines a spotlight on South Carolina.

"House of Cards" is a loose but respectful adaptation of the 1990s British political thriller of the same name, a TV masterpiece starring Ian Richardson as a conniving, manipulating Parliamentarian who rises to the level of prime minister before meeting his fate in the span of just 12 hours that aired over several years as a trilogy.

The new "House of Cards" is set in Washington, D.C., in the current day. It finds Spacey as U.S. Congressman Francis Underwood, a shrewd country boy from South Carolina who, early on, describes himself as "just a lowly House majority whip (whose) job is to clear the pipes and keep the sludge moving."

Kevin Spacey plays Underwood representing the Fifth Congressional District, stretching over most of the Pee Dee and into York and Lancaster Counties.

This represents what was considered the Fifth District before population growth prompted the need for an additional congressman and the lines were redrawn to create the 7th Congressional District, the seat Rep. Tom Rice was elected to in 2012.

One of his staff members on the show played by Michael Kelly is a real life graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

Like the original, the new "Cards" has its particular Francis soon joining forces with a young, hungry and attractive journalist (Kate Mara) in a partnership of subterfuge and mutual convenience that quickly gets personal.

And he, too, has a strong and supportive helpmate, his wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) whom he loves "more than a shark loves blood."

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