‘House of Cards’ goes call­ing for a doc­tor or two

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Re­mov­ing knives from backs, wash­ing blood off politi­cians’ hands and hid­ing skele­tons in clos­ets aren’t skills typ­i­cally em­pha­sized in med­i­cal school.

But such ca­pa­bil­i­ties may have landed doc­tors and nurses with act­ing am­bi­tions a spot on the next sea­son of Net­flix’s hit show “House of Cards.”

The web­site Pro­ject Cast­ing re­cently posted a cast­ing call for nurses, doc­tors and other med­i­cal staff for the po­lit­i­cal melo­drama’s fourth sea­son. Film­ing dates with the med­i­cal ex­tras were sched­uled for late Au­gust and early Septem­ber in Bal­ti­more.

The se­ries’ new sea­son is ex­pected to launch in early 2016.

“House of Cards” fol­lows fic­tional Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Frank Un­der­wood, played by Kevin Spacey, and his wife, Claire Un­der­wood, played by Robin Wright, as they scheme and ma­nip­u­late to get their way, push­ing any­one who dis­agrees with them un­der the bus (and some­times un­der a train).

The cast­ing no­tice called for women and clean-shaven men, ages 25 to 50 of all eth­nic­i­ties, with nat­u­ral hair color. It asked for healthcare pro­fes­sion­als will­ing to work up to 12 hours a day—a re­quire­ment that prob­a­bly didn’t seem that out of the or­di­nary to hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees.

It’s any­one’s guess what types of scenes may have been filmed. But in the past, the show has in­cluded plot lines about abor­tion, al­co­holism, mar­riage coun­sel­ing and rape, along with the death of many char­ac­ters’ moral codes.

It’s not for noth­ing the show has been com­pared to “Mac­beth.”

Re­gard­less of what hap­pens dur­ing Sea­son 4, know that those physi­cians you might see in the back­ground in up­com­ing episodes don’t just play doc­tors on TV.

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