Emmy Spoiler Alert! 'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' Already Making Big Splash at Nominations

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Aaron Paul and Kate Mara

Even after all his late-night shenanigans on "Breaking Bad," Aaron Paul is willing to get up waaaay early, as he will join "House of Cards" star Kate Mara in announcing the nominations for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at 8:40 AM (ET) on July 18.

Two-time Supporting Actor Emmy winner Paul is likely to be a nominee again, and Mara's inclusion in the nomination announcement might be a signal that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided to consider "House of Cards" — the first original series from Netflix — as a contender for Emmy recognition.

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The nominations, which will unfold at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood and streamed live at Emmys.com, will honor performances and series from the just-concluded 2012-13 TV season.

Neil Patrick Harris, who won rave reviews for hosting the Tony Awards earlier this month, will return for his second consecutive gig as Emmy host (and his third overall; he also hosted in 2009).

NPH will also be a producer on the Sept. 22 CBS telecast, which, along with the flashy official Emmy key art above, suggests we can look forward to a fun celebration of all things TV, and not another long and boring kudosfest.

Nomination ballots for the 65th Emmys were available to voters on June 10, and must be submitted by June 28.