A year ago, in this very space, we were already trumpeting the success of HBO's VEEP, but were a little uncertain about this whole House of Cards thing.
Sure, the pedigree was unimpeachable: David Fincher as executive producer, Kevin Spacey as lead. But Netflix? Is the world really going to take Netflix seriously as a producer of original content?
Oh, what a difference a year makes. Because not only did House of Cards become a much buzzed about hit (inspiring the popular debate: Is it better to binge watch your favorite Netflix series or savor the viewing over the course of a few weeks?), but it got nine Emmy nominations, winning three (including Fincher for Best Director).
Meanwhile, VEEP continues to be a source of local pride, garnering eight nominations and wins for Tony Hale (yay!) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the VEEP herself (double yay!). Also, the adorable moment where Hale (in character, mind you) assisted Louis-Dreyfus with her speech was one of the agreed upon highlights of the show.