Binge Watch Weekend: House of Cards and Alpha House

We are one week away, Feb. 27th,  from the release of season three of Netflix super popular, critically acclaimed and award winning House of Cards.  The political drama finds Kevin Spacey reprising his role as newly-minted U.S. President Frank Underwood; Underwood strives to maintain a balance between outward stability and internal moral dissent. Having just won a Golden Globe for his performance in season 2, the third season looks to be equitably entertaining.

However, many are new to the House of Cards, and with a cold weekend coming up taking the time to see how Frank and Claire Underwood play Washington like a violin, is well worth the time. House of Cards  is way too complex to just start with season three. Nope, this is a program that requires you watch every episode to gain the knowledge and background to really appreciate what a wonderful TV show Netflix has. The program features one of the most talented ensemble casts in all of television, broadcast, cable or streaming video.

If you have caught up on the House of Cards, then I suggest that you check out Alpha House, on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The show is not as dark as House of Cards, but that is good because Alpha House, is much more of a satirical comedy starring the always talented John Goodman, who plays one of four GOP Senator’s who share a house in D.C. The program is the brain child of famed political cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the man behind the very popular Doonesbury, comic strip.

The series is inspired by several actual Democratic congressmen who share a row house’s in Washington including Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Representative George Miller (D-CA) There are some great special guests who drop by from time to time, including actors like Bill Murray (as Senator Vernon Smits) and politicians such as Schumer as himself.

You can watch the first two season’s of Alpha House, now on Amazon Prime Instant Video and no word just yet if there will be a season three. Meanwhile, this week Amazon did give the green light on a second season of Mozart in the Jungle, as well as Jill Soloway’s multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent, as expected has been renewed.

They also announced the production of some new series set to launch later this year.

Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, The New Yorker Presents, Just Add Magic, and The Stinky and Dirty Show join other Amazon Original Series that include Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books. Amazon Studios has also announced three additional, original series to debut in 2015, including Hand of God from Marc Forster and Ben Watkins; Red Oaks from Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Greg Jacobs and Joe Gangemi; and kids series Wishenpoof! from Angela C. Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises.



Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.