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'House of Cards,' Netflix
Nomination Status: Might as well stick around.
In Its Favor: "House of Cards" was nominated here last year, so... Yeah. There are definitely some people who were excited about "House of Cards" in its second season and Netflix did "House of Cards" a huge favor -- the opposite of what HBO did with "True Detective" -- by submitting "Orange Is The New Black" as a comedy and preventing the necessity to compare one marvelous show ("Orange"), with a series whose quality has never quite matched its hype or its media affection.
Working Against It: Last year, "House of Cards" was the bee's knees when it came to both Emmy voters and also when it came to Netflix's attentions. The second season was less acclaimed and it *seemed* like there was less buzz, though who could possibly know for sure? Will a different shiny-new-thing distract Emmy voters this year?