LOS ANGELES — When Netflix's "House of Cards" vies with cable series "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" for best drama honors at the Emmy Awards, it will be a milestone in the coming-of-age of online entertainment.
The political thriller, the first online program to compete for the top trophy, is part of a video universe explosion that's added streaming services including Netflix and websites like YouTube to broadcast, cable and satellite TV delivery.
The Emmy ceremony, airing at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on CBS with host Neil Patrick Harris, will boast its fair share of movie stars, among them TV movie nominees Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" and Al Pacino and Helen Mirren for "Phil Spector."
There could be history made: "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, the first African-American nominee for best actress in a drama since Cicely Tyson in 1995 for "Sweet Justice," would be the first ever to win.
"House of Cards" faces tough opposition. AMC's "Breaking Bad" is after its first best drama award as it nears the end of its five-season run, and "Mad Men" would like to claim a fifth honor to set a record for most wins in the category.