Can ‘House of Cards’ stop ‘Breaking Bad’ sweep at Emmys?

Don’t worry, President Obama: This article won’t have any “House of Cards” spoilers.

Chances are, someone you know has already binged on the entire second season of “House of Cards” and can’t stop filibustering about its greatness. But is it good enough to outvote the final season of “Breaking Bad” at the Emmys?

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“House of Card’s” new season has a Metacritic score of 80, up from 76 for its premiere season last year. Unfortunately for Kevin Spacey and company, “Breaking Bad’s” score for its final 16 episodes (spread over two summers) was a near-perfect 99.

Even more impressive for “Breaking Bad” is that it received 100 from 21 critics, with only one journalist — Mark A. Perigard (Boston Herald) — giving it a less-than-perfect grade of 67. Perigard’s low score is especially eyebrow-raising considering his rave review (assigned a score of 91) for the much-maligned (and cancelled) “Low Winter Sun.”

While “Breaking Bad” completely engulfed the TV discussion during the final months of 2013, “House of Cards” has all of the buzz right now — at least until “Game of Thronespremieres April 6 on HBO — and that is important. When Emmy voters receive their ballots in a few months, “House of Cards” will still be fresh on their minds while “Breaking Bad” will seem like a thing of the past.

As contributor Tony Ruiz reminds us, “‘Breaking Bad’ just romped easily through the Golden Globes and guild awards… but it would be unprecedented for voters to reach back almost a year to reward a departed series.”

Despite its spectacular reviews, let’s not forget that “Breaking Bad” just got its Emmy due last year with its first win for Best Drama Series. Might TV academy voters be interested in spreading the wealth elsewhere?

“House of Cards” performed well during its first Emmys cycle, winning three of nine nominations: Best Drama Director David Fincher, Best Drama Casting and Best Single-Camera Cinematography.

“House of Cards” will likely be nominated in all of the top categories this year again — Drama Series, Drama Actor Spacey, Drama Actress Robin Wright, Drama Writing and Drama Directing — so it’s a definite frontrunner to steal “Breaking Bad’s” meth-cooked crown.

Other potential Drama Series contenders are “The Blacklist,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex.” One show to watch out for is Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” which will premiere its new season close to the first phase of Emmy voting (nominations) in order to help its momentum.

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