'House of Cards' and the Emmys: Not as big a game-changer as you might think

The Emmys' embrace of "House of Cards" is potentially a watershed moment for the awards: It's the first-ever show not delivered by a traditional broadcast or cable network to be nominated for best drama series, and it picked up nine total nominations, including acting nods for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.Netflix is understandably proud of the recognition: In its first year as a maker of TV instead of just a distributor of it, it has broken through to stand among networks who have been making shows for far longer. Had "House of Cards" debuted on one of those traditional channels, though, its Emmy debut might not have been seen as such a big deal -- noteworthy, for sure, but not necessarily game-changing.To be clear, nine nominations is hardly chump change. Only a dozen other programs this year received more. But in terms of "prestige dramas" -- i.e., those that seem like they're geared to...



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