‘House of Cards’ and Ruthless Underwood Return for Season 2

first_imgComing along for the ride is his wife Claire, played by Wright, and Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), a tenacious reporter who doesn’t mind crossing any ethical lines of journalism if it means nailing an exclusive and one-upping her competition.Viewers will probably see much of the same from the Underwoods and Barnes this season, though teasers hint at some of Underwood’s transgressions possibly interrupting what he probably sees as his eventual ascent to the throne.We doubt it. But there’s only one way to find out. So join us on Valentine’s Day as we welcome Francis, Claire and Zoe back into our lives. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The big news out of the TV world a week ago was that Netflix—the wildly popular online streaming service—ordered a third season of its hit streaming show House of Cards. While not surprising, the news was notable in that it was announced prior to the 13-episode show’s much-anticipated second season, which debuts Friday, a signal, perhaps, that Netflix is quite confident that viewers will latch on to its sophomore season, as it did—religiously, actually—when the drama first hit our computers, phones and tablets a year ago.House of Cards’ meteoric rise is no hyperbole; the political thriller starring Kevin Spacey, a conniving Democratic congressman with an unquenchable thirst for power, and Robin Wright, his equally scheming wife, became the first Netflix-exclusive show to rattle the TV industry and its network partners, who load up our screens with so much content nowadays that many storylines are beginning to closely resemble one another.But House of Cards would never land on any of those networks, anyway. Which is probably a good thing.The appeal of Netflix-exclusive shows like House of Cards and even Orange is the New Black, is the option to view an entire season on our own schedule—no network telling us when to sit on our couch and no reason to scrub that DVR clean just so we can record each episode. (Netflix announced that the entire season will be released in one hearty helping.)For those unfortunate souls who have yet to experience House of Cards, we won’t ruin it by publishing any spoilers—though there’s really no excuse for waiting this long.But thanks to information regarding the new season provided by Netflix in its press release and through several trailers, we know that Spacey’s character (Francis Underwood) will continue to work the dirty halls—and probably some back alleys—of Washington D.C. to further his ambitions.In fact, Underwood is so effective as a political animal that President Barack Obama was quoted in December as saying: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient.”That off-the-cuff remark during a meeting with heads of tech companies, prompted this Tweet from Spacey:President @BarackObama, to help achieve ruthless efficiency, a copy of Frank’s new book ‘How to Kick Ass & Influence Congress’ is on its way— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) December 18, 2013last_img read more

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Dodgers among contenders shopping for bullpen help

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies MILWAUKEE – Kelvin Herrera and Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia have already changed teams. More relievers figure to be on the move in the next 10 days.Virtually every team that considers itself in contention is looking to upgrade – or at least bolster – its bullpen before the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers are certainly among the teams in that market, though GM Farhan Zaidi would commit to nothing other than a promise that the Dodgers “will continue to shop and look for ways to make our team better.”“As for the pitching side, that’s going to be something we continue to evaluate, both the bullpen and the rotation,” he said. “But we have no specific plans there. Talks are fluid and ongoing, as they always are this time of year. We’re just going to continue to look for upgrades that make sense for us.” Four months into the season, Roberts still doesn’t have a clear idea of which relievers he can depend upon from one night to another.“We know these guys will take the ball every day. They’re going to compete,” Roberts said when asked if he knew what he has in the current relief corps. “We know Scott Alexander can get lefties and righties out. He can put the ball on the ground.“Outside of that … to be honest, we’re still trying to figure it out.”TURNER TIME Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup again Saturday and has not played since July 11 due to an injured adductor muscle in his right side. Roberts said Turner is running at 85 percent in workouts but Turner acknowledged “it’s there a little bit still at times.”“I’m going through a gauntlet of things, trying to check off all the boxes,” Turner said. “I’m fine swinging. I took ground balls yesterday, felt pretty good. I can run to a certain point and keep it in control..“But I did it on a checked swing (during the series in San Diego) so that’s one box that’s kind of hard to check off.”If the Dodgers had placed Turner on the DL at the time of his injury – or backdated the move in the days before the All-Star break – he would be eligible to return now. But they have been carrying Turner on the active roster despite his limitations and now could not backdate the move fully.A DL move now “just doesn’t make sense,” Roberts said, because the Dodgers would be without Turner for another six or seven days. Turner expects to return sooner than that and Roberts said “I’d like to think we get him in there” Sunday.“I didn’t think it would have taken this long,” Turner said of his initial expectation. “I’m available to pinch-hit. If (Friday’s Brewers starter Wade) Miley had gone back out (for the seventh inning), I would have been the second guy (pinch-hitting).“Just trying to continue progressing and go day by day.”REHAB ROUNDUPRoberts said Yasiel Puig is in Arizona and has begun hitting off a tee and soft toss. Puig has been on the DL since suffering an oblique injury on July 8. “Our goal” is to have Puig come off the DL and rejoin the Dodgers at some point during the four-game series in Atlanta next week, according to Roberts.“That’s the plan,” Roberts said. “Where it stays on course depends on how he feels.”Right-hander Pedro Baez made his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, pitching a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and two strikeouts. Baez will need to show he has recovered enough from his shoulder injury to pitch more than one inning in an outing and also pitch on back-to-back days before he is activated from the DL, Roberts said.ALSOThe Dodgers will send right-handers Ross Stripling (Monday) and Kenta Maeda (Tuesday) to the mound for the first two games of their series in Philadelphia then likely debut their six-man rotation. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is the likely starter for the series finale on Wednesday against the Phillies.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Alex Wood (5-5, 3.92 ERA) at Brewers LHP Brent Suter (8-6, 4.39 ERA), Sunday, 11:10 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers manager Dave Roberts continues his own search. He used four relievers in the eighth inning Friday night and even after the Dodgers made it a four-run lead he had to go to closer Kenley Jansen.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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