Years of televisions shows depict the backdoor deals, scheming, sneaking, and the less-than-ethical business that is politics. House of Cards is not new in this regard, but it is new in a myriad of other ways.

If you’re one of the some 27 million Netflix subscribers, you have access to the Netflix original television show House of Cards. In a world where most of us are forgoing cable in favor of the much cheaper alternatives – online streaming sites such as Netflix and HuluPlus – every show we’ve watched has still originated from television. However, that’s changing with the exponential growth of web series such as The Guild and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

What makes this show different than a web series is that it was produced more like a regular television show that would air on a premium channel, but with more wiggle room. All thirteen 50-something minute episodes were released at once, raising questions about the likelihood of binge-watching and the implications it could have for future Netflix original shows. The company was able to raise enough money at once for a second season, a 26 episode guarantee, and because it doesn’t have to deal with network and cable executives, there’s no worry about being canceled due to low viewership.

This show isn’t filmed in a green-screened studio. It is high production, valued at around $3 million an episode. It makes great use of multiple, intricate, detailed sets. Houses, offices, big galas and protests sets do not come cheap. The show makes full use of its location, though filmed in Baltimore (which makes this Marylander extremely happy), viewers are placed directly in the heart of Washington, D.C. – with constant references to being “on the hill” and being in close contact with the White House.

The show is tense and quiet, a political thriller in every sense of the word. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey, with a fantastic South Carolinian drawl) is enthrallingly devilish in his quest for more power in government. Passed over for Secretary of State in the pilot, he is faced with another term as House Majority Whip but with the help of his equally terrifying, strong wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), they take Washington, D.C. by storm

You could watch one episode a week on your own time and try to uphold the facade of actually watching it on a television station, but if you’ve got the time, why not just watch a few in a row… Netflix’s auto-play makes it fast and convenient. By the time you’ve realized one episode’s ended, the next one’s already beginning.

Similar to premium channels HBO and Showtime, House of Cards doesn’t break for commercials, and some episodes feature nudity and foul language (though, much less than you find on even the tamest Girls). And unlike traditional television channels, no ratings are available the next day to give a less-than-accurate depiction of its viewership. Netflix has given no indication that it is worried about the show flopping. As long as you, the Netflix user, continue to shell out the $8 or whatever the cost of your membership per month, it doesn’t matter to them whether you watch it or not.

House of Cards could start a television revolution. Ties to advertisers for monetary support are slowly being cut. Television networks might start realizing they have to step up their game, now competing with online sites that are easier to access, for equally high quality content. Who knows where this type of programming will be in five years, but we do know something will change – it has to.

Will you give ‘House of Cards’ a chance?

This writer is on episode eight – yes, some binge-watching occurred this weekend – and is thoroughly enjoying the dramatic lives of the politicians that run this nation.

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Robbie Reyes met an unexpected fate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×08, and the cast and crew weigh in on what’s next for Ghost Rider.

Robbie’s decision to take out Eli Morrow in an act of self-sacrifice has left fans (and characters) wondering if Ghost Rider still has a future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were classically noncommittal — but their answer definitely gives fans something to think about.

“We get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be,” Whedon says, citing Doctor Strange’s Dark Dimension.

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Robbie Reyes met an unexpected fate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×08, and the cast and crew weigh in on what’s next for Ghost Rider.

Robbie’s decision to take out Eli Morrow in an act of self-sacrifice has left fans (and characters) wondering if Ghost Rider still has a future on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon were classically noncommittal — but their answer definitely gives fans something to think about.

“We get the sense that some of these otherworldly elements might be coming from this other place, wherever that may be,” Whedon says, citing Doctor Strange’s Dark Dimension.

“We do get the sense that things can come from there, things live there. [Robbie has] been dragged to that place, wherever that is. What happens to him there or where that goes is a ‘wait and see.'”

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Tancharoen adds that, though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will move into a new “pod” of story when the show returns in January, “That doesn’t mean that [Robbie] is gone.”

“Or that he will not be involved at some point,” Whedon says. “But it will definitely have a different feel.”

As for Gabriel Luna, the actor who brought Robbie and Ghost Rider to blazing life is optimistic about his character’s future.

“I’m not too worried about it being finite at this point,” he tells EW.

After all, he and Robbie still have a few loose ends to tie up. “My car is still parked on the cargo bay on the Zephyr, so I have to come back for that,” Luna says. “I’m not going to leave her in the hands of these jokers.”

And though his character was left on an emphatic question mark, Luna appreciates the culmination of Robbie’s story.

“He makes a really great heroic choice, and he makes it while in a form that usually has all the power,” he says. “So that’s really, really cool. I’m really excited to see how that plays out. It’s a first for us, in terms of story, actually seeing a decision being made while Robbie isn’t Robbie. That is pretty special.”

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Luna is also looking forward to seeing the impact of Robbie’s apparent disappearance on Daisy Johnson.

“She seems to lose a lot of people,” he observes. “Even though we just met, we built this understanding between each other because of similarities in our lives, and we leave her in a moment of questioning and of hoping that this isn’t the end for Robbie.”

And the actor, like Daisy, and like all good constituents of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has faith in a certain former Director.

“Agent Phil Coulson comes in and drops knowledge like a clumsy librarian, as he tends to do, and lifts her spirits and says to her, ‘I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of him,'” Luna says. “So that’s a good sign for everyone who loves the Ghost Rider.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Jan. 10, 2017.

What do you think of Ghost Rider’s fate on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’?

The biggest online retailer in the world has revealed the best-selling books of 2016, showing what Americans dived into most over the past year.

Can you guess? Can you guess the #1 best-selling book of 2016?

We’ll give you another second to think about it.

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The biggest online retailer in the world has revealed the best-selling books of 2016, showing what Americans dived into most over the past year.

Can you guess? Can you guess the #1 best-selling book of 2016?

We’ll give you another second to think about it.

Yes, duh, it’s Harry Potter eight (or at least the book marketed to be the “eighth story”), The Cursed Child. The script book that some people want to burn at the stake is the top selling book of 2016. Amazon says Cursed Child is the first script book to make one of their year-end Top 20 lists.

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Adult novels mostly eat up the list’s top 20 spots, with the exception being the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel. Take a look:

Best-selling books of 2016

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
3. The Whistler by John Grisham
4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
11. 15th Affair (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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Meanwhile, the kids and teens best-selling books list shows a variety of favorites we’ve loved here on Hypable this year, including new entries from Rick Riordan, Kiera Cass, and Cassandra Clare. In addition, two more Harry Potter books (the Fantastic Beasts script book and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition) join Cursed Child.

Best-selling kids books of 2016

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1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
3. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
6. The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
8. The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
9. Empire of Storms: Book 5 of Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
10. Lady Midnight: Book 1 of The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
11. Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt and Kathryn Cristaldi
12. Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
13. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
14. A Court of Mist and Fury: Book 2 of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
15. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti
16. Calamity (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
17. Give Please a Chance by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson
18. Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
19. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
20. Broken Prince: Book 2 of The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Cursed Child was Amazon’s top-selling book overall, the top-selling Kids & Teens book, the most wished for book, and the most gifted book. Damn.

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.