Tradition takes a hit in Emmy nominations

Jessica Lange portrays Sister Jude in a scene

Jessica Lange portrays Sister Jude in a scene from "American Horror Story: Asylum." (Credit: AP)

Netflix.

There, in a word, is your wrap of the 65th annual Emmy Awards nominations announced Thursday. Four huge nods -- best drama ("House of Cards"), best actor (Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards") and actress/drama (Robin Wright, "House of Cards"), and best actor/sitcom (Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development") -- and just like that, Netflix has busted into the most exclusive club in television.

The Emmy arrival of this DVD-rental mail order start-up that nearly went up in flames a few years ago does, in fact, feel more like a watershed moment than a fluke -- like when Fox broke in, then HBO, and later, AMC. Netflix isn't even "TV," really, in the traditional sense, but something almost wild and woolly, where people get lost for hours trolling through old series and movies.


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Traditional "linear TV" this is not, but Thursday tradition took a hard hit. When the awards ceremony arrives Sept. 22, it could take another: Both Spacey and Wright already are considered front-runners, if not prohibitive favorites, to win.

Otherwise, these nominations pretty much followed script. There were snubs and surprises (always are) but for the most part, the usual suspects lined up exactly where they were expected to.

Under the "surprise" heading was Fox, which had a blisteringly bad morning, with both "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel") came out of nowhere to land a nomination for best actress.

Now, on to Sept. 22 and the Nokia Theatre, where more surprises may await.

And the nominees are...

BEST DRAMA

"Breaking Bad," AMC

"Downton Abbey," PBS

"Game of Thrones," HBO

"Homeland," Showtime

"House of Cards," Netflix

"Mad Men," AMC

BEST COMEDY

"The Big Bang Theory," CBS

"Girls," HBO

"Louie," FX Networks

"Modern Family," ABC

"30 Rock," NBC

"Veep," HBO

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"

Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"

Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel"

Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"

Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Connie Britton, "Nashville"

Kerry Washington, "Scandal"

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY

Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"

Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"

Louis C.K., "Louie"

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY

Laura Dern, "Enlightened"

Lena Dunham, "Girls"

Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

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