House of Cards will stay in Maryland, after all — at least for season three. Governor Martin O’Malley announced yesterday that a deal was struck between the state and the show's producers to provide $11.5 million in tax credits to keep filming in the state. The production company, Media Rights Capital, was seeking $15 million this year after receiving $26 million in credits over the past two years of filming. In a statement, the governor said "Spoiler alert: we’re going to keep the 3700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that House Of Cards generates right here in Maryland."
Filming for season three was set to begin in early spring, but it was delayed over the negotiations. State legislators had failed to pass a measure to increase the limit on how much funding a company could receive, but with today's compromise production can start up this summer. The production company earlier threatened to pack up its things and relocate to another state if an agreement couldn't be reached, but, thankfully, the show will stick close to its Washington DC roots for the next season.