"I have no patience for useless things." The Machiavellian politician making this pronouncement, in the sinister opening scene of Netflix's instantly gripping shot-across-the-bow miniseries House of Cards, is Francis Underwood (a perfectly reptilian Kevin Spacey). On the surface, he's a team player, a powerful House of Representatives leader in the cynical snake pit of Washington, D.C. The conceit of House of Cards, as it was in the brilliant Emmy-winning 1990 British classic this is based on (first seen in the U.S. on Masterpiece Theater), takes us behind Underwood's mask to reveal the manipulative monster within, a voracious tyrant who doesn't suffer fools gladly and takes no prisoners in his predatory pursuit of power.
Netflix is ready to play with the big boys! In addition to the spring 2013 revival of Arrested Development, the online streaming service will also air David Fincher's latest project House of Cards. From the looks of the first trailer, the project seems to have what it takes to compete with any one of cable's acclaimed dramas.
Netflix will debut its original series House of Cards on...
Just us, or did Rubber Man put on some pounds? Tate, is that you in there?
American Horror Story's Connie Britton on the big shocker of "Birth" and what's ahead
We at TVGuide.com can't wait for next week's American Horror Story finale — Christmas comes early! -- and in snooping around, we've stumbled across these rather spoilery photos of this season's clincher.
What will happen now that Vivien's joined the ghosts trapped in the house? Will she get her babies back? Is Violet really over Tate? Is Ben going to shoot himself to get his family back?
So many new shows, so little time! With a handful of fall TV casualties already — RIP Charlie's Angels, Playboy Club, Free Agents, How to Be a Gentleman and H8R (and it's not looking too good for Prime Suspect or Man Up either) — it's time to assess what's worth keeping on your DVR, and what you can safely skip.
For now, we're high on American Horror Story, a spooky mash-up unlike anything else on TV, and Homeland, a twisty thriller anchored by two riveting performances. We're cautiously optimistic about Suburgatory, for those who miss Gilmore Girls, but then there are the shows we're thisclose to ditching...
Is your favorite show in danger? Check out our list of 10 "bubble" shows
Read on to see how we see fall TV's freshman class thus far...