"House of Cards" broke through to become the first digitally distributed series to earn a major nomination for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The time is nigh: The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced at 5:40 a.m. Thursday.
Louis J. Horvitz will direct the broadcast of the Primetime Emmys for the 17th time, as part of a production team that will also include Renato Basile, Danette Herman and Brian Stonestreet.
Kaley Cuoco, Jessica Walter and Allison Williams are among top contenders.
"Modern Family" remains the force for others to reckon with.
Turnover in the category is a definite possibility, but so is the status quo.
Unlike some other categories with almost impenetrable stability, turnover abounds in this one.
With seven returning nominees eligible, someone's almost certainly going to be disappointed.
Baldwin, Cheadle, Cryer, Parsons and Louis C.K. seek return trips to the finals.
In the fourth post of our final countdown to the 2013 Emmy nominations, we look at the increasingly unpredictable lead drama actress competition.
Damian Lewis and friends face competition from Spacey, Daniels and more.