Emmy nominations highlight TV's dramatic shift

Emmy nominations highlight TV's dramatic shift

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The nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning. (Source: CNN) The nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning. (Source: CNN)
Netflix received 31 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. (Source: CNN) Netflix received 31 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. (Source: CNN)
Quality television programming can be found on streaming services and cable. (Source: CNN) Quality television programming can be found on streaming services and cable. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Thursday’s Emmy nominations not only reflect the best and brightest among the shows we all love to watch, they also reflect a major change in the way we watch them, and who's producing them.

If Orange is the New Black, the Netflix may be the new darling of the Television Academy, even without being seen on traditional TV.

Last year’s Emmys were a watershed moment for the streaming platform. The win for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for House of Cards was a first in a major Emmy category for a web series.

This year, Netflix received 31 Primetime Emmy nominations for its original programming.

“It's pretty incredible after only two years of being in the original series space they now have a drama contender in House of Cards, and more surprisingly, they have a comedy contender now with Orange is the New Black,” The Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor Matthew Belloni said.

The broadcast networks still seem to hold an advantage in comedy. Perennial favorites like ABC’s Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory on CBS received multiple nods Thursday.

But from HBO’s 99 nominations for programs like Game of Thrones, to Netflix more than doubling its nominations from last year, viewers seem willing to pay for good drama, streaming or on cable.

The race for lead actor in a drama series, for example, is entirely made up from contenders from non-broadcast programming. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective, and Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, all on HBO, Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Jon Hamm for Mad Men, both on cable’s AMC and Kevin Spacey for Netflix’s House of Cards.

“What is truly telling from this year's list of nominees is the rapidly expanding definition of television,” Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said. “Quality television is now platform agnostic.”

The long list of Emmy nods for streaming and cable programming, proves that good television can be found just about anywhere, if viewer is willing to pay for it.

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