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Looks like we're stuck with US president Frank Underwood for a while yet. Netflix has confirmed it's commissioned a fifth series of political drama 'House of Cards'.

The only downside? Showrunner Beau Willimon is leaving.

Netflix said in a statement: "Prior to its fourth season premiere, Netflix and [producers] Media Rights Capital are thrilled to announce that 'House of Cards' will return for a fifth season in 2017.

"Concurrent with the renewal, creator and showrunner Beau Willimon is departing the critically acclaimed series."

It went on to say that Willimon has played a huge role in the success of the series.

"Netflix and MRC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for 'House of Cards' over the show's first four seasons.

"As an Academy Award-nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure."

It was Willimon who pitched the series as a US take on the original British series of the same name (based on the novel of the same name). He previously explored the murky world of US politics in a thriller called 'The Ides of March'.

The fourth series of 'House of Cards' starts on Netflix on March 4th.

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