First, they took the Emmys. Next, it'll be the world.
Netflix shook up the old school television establishment last night, becoming the first online-only television provider (or however you want to label them) to win at the Emmys, all thanks to their dark, gritty, and super twisted show, House of Cards. Netflix came in with 14 Emmy nominations, and 9 of them were for House of Cards alone. House of Cards director David Fincher won for Best Directing in a Drama series, and House of Cards took home two creative arts Emmys for outstanding casting and cinematography. But, what do these wins mean? In short, it really is a new age for programming, and Netflix's push for original shows is paying off, 15 years after The Sopranos became the first cable show to earn an Emmy nomination. The whole "get everything now" platform of Netflix's shows are working, a big departure from the one-by-one, week-by-week schedule we've become accustomed to for new shows, like Mad Men and Breaking Bad (well, one last one for Walter White at this point.) Netflix said they'll release a minimum of five new original shows a year, and they've set aside a budget of $300 million to do so.
In the end, Breaking Bad won for Best Drama Series, a category House of Cards completely had a chance of winning.
Season 2 of House of Cards is set for release in early 2014.