Frances Underwood may have all of fictional Washington D.C. under his thumb in Netflix's hit show "House of Cards," but the real life Washington Metropolitan Police Department is less than doting.
Plans to film a "House of Cards" motorcade scene in Washington, D.C. earlier this month were canceled because D.C. police wouldn't cooperate, the Washington Business Journal reported Thursday. A spokesperson from Mayor Vincent Gray's office blamed the cancellation on "some serious miscommunication," but added, "MPD is not going to rent itself out as extras for film."
Much of the filming of "House of Cards," its second season now in production, already takes place in Baltimore, which Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley is happy to tout. The Baltimore police were also reportedly willing to participate in the "House of Cards" motorcade shoot after the Washington D.C. plans fell through.
D.C. police are said to have helped out with television motorcade scenes in the past, so this recent mix up with the "House of Cards" crew will likely add to the reasons many D.C.-set shows are filmed elsewhere, including HBO's "VEEP" (also filmed in Baltimore), Showtime's "Homeland" (filmed in Charlotte) and ABC's "Scandal" (filmed in Los Angeles).
A government funding bill passed in 2011 made permits to film in front of the Capitol and other D.C. landmarks even more difficult to attain. Meanwhile Maryland, North Carolina and other states are offering tax subsidies to lure D.C.-set productions. Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.