The Emmy Awards honor the year's very best in television. But what if the best shows on television never actually makes it to, er, television?
As of 2013, Netflix has officially joined the broadcast and cable television ranks in the esteemed nomination pool and put that very question in the forefront of viewers' minds. This year, Netflix received 14 nominations, and House of Cards already took home two trophies at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys. On Sunday night, we'll find out if Netflix will make Emmys history with wins for Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kevin Spacey), and Outstanding Drama Series (House Of Cards).
While 14 nominations for Netflix is impressive, HBO's number blows all the other contenders out of the water. HBO is up for 108 awards, at last year's ceremony HBO won 81 Emmys.
Netflix's presence in the nominee lineup has also resulted in stiffer competition than usual in the acting categories. With Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey both getting nods for their roles on House of Cards, traditional favorites (like Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife) were edged out of contention.
Another big race to keep on the radar this year: this is 30 Rock's last chance to bring home any prizes. The series won Best Comedy in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but for the past three years has lost out to Modern Family. The two sit coms are up against one another again this year and are joined in the category by Girls, Veep, Louie, and The Big Bang Theory.
The most nominated show of the evening is American Horror Story: Asylum (17 nominations) which circumvented some of its stiffest competition by entering as a mini-series rather than a drama.
As for the year's winners and losers, you'll have to tune in on Sunday evening to find out. The show begins at 8 p.m. and we'll be following along with live blog coverage throughout the evening. See you Sunday!