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July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time, a TV series not produced for a broadcast or cable-TV network has received an Emmy nomination — actually, not just one nomination but nine of them. Netflix’s House of Cards went into TV’s history books today (Thursday) when it received such top nominations as best drama, actor (Kevin Spacey), and actress (Robin Wright). Arrested Development, another Netflix series, drew three nominations, including one for star Jason Bateman. The FX Network’s American Horror Story: Asylum scored the most nominations, 17, just ahead of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra received 15 — two of them for stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon — while the 38th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live also came away with 15 nominations. Not a single program airing on a commercial broadcast network earned a best drama nod. Besides House of Cards and Game of Thrones, the other nominees were Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and last year’s winner, Homeland. The broadcast networks fared better in the comedy department, where the nominees were The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Girls, Louie and Veep. Once again HBO piled up the most nominations, 108, followed by Showtime with 31. Winners are due to be announced at the annual Emmy Awards ceremony, to be televised by CBS on Sept. 22.