RTÉ has made it no secret that they wish to produce more intelligent programming in the coming years to compete with the Netflix era. This is why they have two reality shows about traveller weddings and a show about answering questions while drunk coming in the next few months on the newly re-branded RTÉ2.
While this demographic of 18-34 year olds is being heavily targeted, they are not forgetting about their loyal grey audience. That is why they have announced this week that they intend to contend with the international stage by producing their own version of the popular American remake of ‘House of Cards’ which stars Kevin Spacey.
The Irish version will be a contemporary adaptation that will be heavily influenced by the career of ex-Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. The RTÉ marketing team said,
“The man who evaded all political attacks with a sly bending of the rules is a perfect fit for the Irish Frank Underwood. We have been very excited about the prospect of making this show for some time now. Since the political dust has settled concerning his career, we feel that now is the right moment to do this.”
As soon as the announcement was made, the public began speculating on who could play the former minister. Many believe that Bryan Cranston would be perfect for the role but people who are aware of RTÉ’s budget feel that it is more likely that someone like Keith Duffy will get the role.