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Netflix looks to make inroads with original programming, WSJ reports

This Friday, Netflix (NFLX) will begin to find out if it can build something solid out of "House of Cards," a political drama directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey as a U.S. congressman is the first original programming financed by Netflix, reports the Wall Street Journal. The question is whether "House of Cards" can transform Netflix's reputation as a repository for movies and children's fare and help the company move into territory dominated by Time Warner (TWX) HBO and CBS Corp.'s (CBS) Showtime.