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Netflix and MRC have revived production on the sixth and final season of “House of Cards” with a couple big names added to the cast, the companies announced today.

New actors on the show will include Diane Lane (“A Little Romance,” “Unfaithful,” “Trumbo”) and Greg Kinnear (“As Good as It Gets,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “We Were Soldiers”) alongside the same old cast that includes Robin Wright and Michael Kelly, but is noticeably missing Kevin Spacey.

Spacey was infamously booted off the show in November 2017 following a tide of allegations that he made sexual advances toward or sexually assaulted teenagers earlier in his career, and groped or sexually harassed crew members and production assistants while working on the set in Joppa, Md.

Netflix and MRC, the studio behind the award-winning show, suddenly suspended production on the show in October as allegations surmounted, but the companies said in December that they would finish what they started without the star actor.

And here we are. Season six will be eight episodes long, shorter than its predecessors, and supplant Frank Underwood in the spotlight with Wright’s character, Claire Underwood.

Maryland is better off for it. The state Department of Commerce calculated last year that the first four seasons alone had an economic impact of more than $460 million, with an average of 2,154 residents hired and 2,228 businesses per season having rented or sold goods and services for the show. Filming and production have largely taken place in Baltimore City and Harford County.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...