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In Five: “House of Cards” Big on Capitol Hill, Pablo Neruda’s Death Reexamined, and More Culture News

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1. “House of Cards,” the Netflix original show we wrote about last week, is reportedly a ratings success for the online streaming service. Netflix isn’t releasing any data, but Procera Networks, a third party Internet traffic monitoring firm, reports that “11 percent of Netflix subscribers watched at least one episode of the series,” while a “significant portion” binge-watched the entire series the first weekend it premiered. The show is also reportedly a hit on Capitol Hill, where city reporters and government staffers are raving about the show’s portrayal of Washington politics. [Huffington Post/Buzzfeed]

2. Amanda Seyfried is in talks to join “A Million Ways to Die,” Seth MacFarlane’s follow up to massively successful “Ted.” Seyfried would join Charlize Theron and MacFarlane in the comedy Western, which “follows a sheepish farmer who chickens out of a gunfight and sees his girlfriend leave him. When he meets a notorious outlaw’s wife who offers to teach him how to shoot, the farmer sees a chance to win back his love.” [Hollywood Reporter]

3. The highly anticipated untitled cop comedy pilot from “Parks and Recreation” creator Mike Schur has added Andre Braugher and comedian Chelsea Peretti to the cast that already includes star Andy Samberg and actor Terry Crews. Braugher will play the police captain, while Peretti will play the “eccentric office manager.” If this show makes it past the pilot, expect it to anchor Fox’s struggling Tuesday night comedy lineup. [Vulture]

4. A judge in Chile has ordered to reopen the investigation into the death of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda in 1973. Neruda died immediately following the military coup that saw his friend, President Salvador Allende, defeated by General Augusto Pinochet. Chile’s Communist Party, of which Neruda was a member, insists that the poet was poisoned. Neruda’s family still denies the allegations and says he died from advanced prostate cancer. [BBC]

5. Listen to “Born to Kill,” the blistering new song from Portland three-piece The Thermals. The anthemic song is the first single from the band’s new album, “Desperate Ground,” which will be released on April 16 via Saddle Creek Records. [Stereogum]

Previously: Saoirse Ronan, Rex Redd, Christina Applegate, “Pump Boys,” Beck

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