Netflix sets 'House of Cards' return date

3:43 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star in 'House of Cards,' returning to Netflix Feb. 14 with a second, 13-episode season. (Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon, AP)
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(USA TODAY) Frank Underwood is ready to scheme again.

Netflix has set Feb. 14 as the release date for all 13 episodes of House of Cards, season two. (And for fans wanting an urgent fix, the episodes will be available at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT on Valentine's Day.)

The second batch of episodes was part of a two-year deal that brought the series to Netflix despite offers from HBO and other cable networks. But producers haven't ruled out future seasons of the political drama, which stars Kevin Spacey as Underwood, a ruthless congressman climbing Washington's political ladder, and Robin Wright as his equally determined wife, Claire.

Here's Netflix's plot summary:

"Francis and Claire Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis' former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker's (Michel Gill) billionaire confidant Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis' once private existence. The Underwoods must overcome these dangers - past and present - to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake."

Spacey and Wright each won Emmy nominations for the first season, as did the show in the best-drama category.

Gary Levin, USA TODAY

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