House of Cards senior writers Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese have been promoted to showrunners, as the popular Netflix original series continues into its fifth season without creator and original showrunner Beau Willimon.

"I welcome Frank and Melissa in their new roles on House of Cards and look forward to collaborating with them and our creative team on Season 5," executive producer and series star Kevin Spacey said in a statement.

Gibson and Pugliese have been with the series since 2014, having joined House of Cards during its third season. "We and the rest of the House of Cards writers look forward to the next chapter of the reign of Underwood," the pair of new showrunners said.

House of Cards: Season 4 debuts next week, when all 13 episodes hit Netflix on March 4.