Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood in a scene from the Netflix original series, "House of Cards." (Credit: Netflix/AP)
The Netflix series "House of Cards" is making Emmy history.
The political intrigue saga received a best drama series nomination Thursday, marking the first time that television's top awards have recognized a program delivered online as equal in quality to the best that TV has to offer. It earned nine nominations in all, including acting bids for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
"American Horror Story: Asylum" earned the most nominations, with 17. Close behind was "Game of Thrones" with 16 nods, while "Saturday Night Live" and the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" earned 15 nominations each, including nods for stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
Another Netflix series, the new season of "Arrested Development," didn't earn a best comedy series but scored three nominations, including one for star Jason Bateman.
Joining "House of Cards" and "Game of Thrones" in the outstanding drama series category are "Breaking Bad," ''Downton Abbey," ''Mad Men" and last year's winner, "Homeland."
The nominees for outstanding comedy series are "The Big Bang Theory," "Girls," "Louie," "Modern Family, "Veep" and "30 Rock," which got recognized for its final season. Another departing show, "The Office," didn't receive a nomination in that category.
Nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday morning, by actor Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") and Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"). Kate Mara ("House of Cards") had been scheduled to read the nominees' names with Paul, but her plane had a mechanical malfunction and couldn't take off from Santa Fe, where she is on location. Harris filled in for her.
The Emmys will air Sept. 22 on CBS.