The hit Netflix series “House of Cards” is undergoing a handover of power behind the cameras, with two series insiders to take over as co-showrunners for season five. Variety reports that show creator Beau Willimon is stepping down from his role overseeing the show, which rolls out its fourth season Friday.
Taking over will be Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, with the show’s fifth season due sometime in 2017.
“Gibson and Pugliese joined the show, produced by Media Rights Capital, in its third season,” Variety notes. “Willimon last month announced his decision to exit after running the show for four seasons. That news came at the same time Netflix renewed the drama for a fifth season. The fact that MRC and Netflix did not have successors lined up fueled speculation about behind-the-scenes tension contributing to Willimon’s departure.”