TV Tidbits: ‘House of Cards’ a Hit for Netflix, Peter Sarsgaard Making a ‘Killing’

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards for Netflix

House of Win: Netflix’s House of Cards experiment appears to be working: the Internet movie and TV distributor announced that its new original show is the most popular TV show streaming on its site right now. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced the news at a media conference, saying the company was “thrilled” at how many people have been watching the Kevin Spacey political drama since its Feb. 1 debut. Netflix paid $100 million to produce two seasons of the David Fincher-directed series. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Making a Killing: AMC has landed a major star for its third season reboot of the resurrected drama The Killing. Peter Sarsgaard will co-star as a death row inmate inching closer to his execution. Tom Seward is a violent criminal who has been in and out of the system since he was 10 years old. [TVLine]

The Marlboro Man Returns: Gary Cole is heading back to The Good Wife. The actor will reprise his role as ballistics expert and Diane Lockhart’s sometime-love interest Kurt McVeigh in an upcoming episode. He’ll assist the Lockhart Gardner team with a case later this season. [TV Guide]

Pilot Season: Hollywood made plenty of hires today as it continued to add cast members to its in-production TV pilots. The L Word star Jennifer Beals will reunite with her old showrunner in Fox’s California surfer drama Venice as the head of one of the beach town’s most famous families. Virginia Madsen will star as the McCoy family matriarch in NBC’s modern-day drama about the famous Hatfield and McCoy family feud. Former ABC Family star Skyler Samuels (The Nine Lives of Chloe King) will lead NBC’s drama Bloodline, about a young girl struggling between two warrior families while living in present-day suburbia. The Mindy Project love interest Tommy Dewey will co-star in Seth MacFarlane‘s new live-action Fox comedy Dads. Over on cable, Matthew Goode will play a confidante of the pope in Showtime’s drama pilot Vatican. [Deadline, TVLine, Deadline, TVLine, Deadline]

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