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LOS ANGELES - House of Cards, the political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and streamed on Netflix, joined last year's incumbents Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men as Emmy nominees for best drama series.

This marks the first time shows not aired on broadcast or cable networks were nominated in top categories.

Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Veep and the departed 30 Rock were named best-comedy contenders.

The most Emmy nominations, 17, went to "American Horror Story: Asylum." Close behind was "Game of Thrones" with 16 nods, while "Saturday Night Live" and the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" earned 15 nominations each.

This marks the first time that shows not aired on traditional broadcast or cable networks were nominated in the top Emmy categories. Arrested Development's Jason Bateman, also on Netflix, and Cards' Spacey and Robin Wright also won nominations as lead actors.

Spacey joined Jeff Daniels, nominated for HBO's The Newsroom, along with repeat nominees Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). Wright will face off against Homeland's Claire Danes, Nashville's Connie Britton, Downton's Michelle Dockery, Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga, Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and Scandal's Kerry Washington.

FX miniseries American Horror Story: Asylum, entered in the movies and miniseries category, won the most nominations, with 17 in all. Other nominees in that category were HBO's Behind the Candelabra and Phil Spector, History's The Bible, Sundance's Top of the Lake and USA's Political Animals.

Homeland and Modern Family were the top drama and comedy winners, respectively, in 2012.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting.

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