Netflix exclusive TV shows grab Emmy nominations

Arrested Development and House of Cards get the first nominations in major categories for online-only programming.

They brought the term "never nude" into our lives, and now may mark a sea-change in TV history.

They brought the term "never nude" into our lives, and now may mark a sea-change in TV history.

Netflix' series House of Cards and Arrested Development both gathered several major Emmy nominations during Thursday morning's announcement of the 65th annual Awards.

House of Cards (Netflix link), the Kevin Spacey-helmed political drama, did particularly well, gathering nominations in major categories such as best drama, best lead actor in a drama (Spacey), best lead actress in a drama (Robin Wright), and outstanding directing for a drama series (David Fincher).

The fourth season of Arrested Development (Netflix link), reborn on Netflix after its initial run on Fox, grabbed three nominations including a nod towards Jason Bateman for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

A changing landscape

The Emmys didn't consider online shows eligible for award consideration until 2008, however the nominations for House and Arrested mark the first time online-offerings have been recognized for major categories.

This may mark a milestone for the online medium, as in the past year, on-demand services such as NetflixAmazon, and even AOL have invested in bringing top-shelf talent into their platforms proving that the best TV may no longer be on TV.

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