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Your Creative Guide to the Emmy Nominees (And Probable Winners)

With Netflix poised to win big in its first year of nominations, and AMC and HBO continuing to dominate, have a look through our interviews with the sprawling cast that makes up the 2013 Emmy nominee pool.

  • <p>Vince Gilligan talks about <a href="" target="_self">writing the end of his dark masterpiece</a> and shares invaluable <a href="" target="_self">storytelling tips</a>.</p>

<p>Plus: <a href="" target="_self">Bryan Cranston on how to collaborate the <em>Breaking Bad</em> way.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="" target="_self"><em>Arrested Development</em> creator Mitch Hurwitz talks about the revival of the show and why Netflix was the perfect home.</a> <br />
And be sure to catch on <a href="" target="_self">Every Recurring Joke On <em>Arrested Development</em>.</a></p>
  • <p>Why does Nashville feel so goshdang real? <a href="" target="_self">Nashville based guitarist, producer and songwriter Colin Linden discusses. </a></p>

<p>Plus, Fast Company's interview with Most Creative Person <a href="" target="_self">Connie Britton</a>.</p>
  • <p><em>Mad Men</em> creator Matthew Weiner talks <a href="" target="_self">failure and defiance</a> and his <a href="" target="_self">doubt-eliminating writing process</a>.</p>
  • <p>Netflix's Ted Sarandos talks about the <a href="" target="_self">Emmy nominations and an inflection point in what we know as television.</a> Plus, show writer and executive producer Beau Willimon <a href="" target="_self">talks about writing House of Cards, and the next era of TV.</a></p>
  • <p>Veteran director Lesli Linka Glatter, who directed the riveting "Q&A" episode of <em>Homeland</em>, <a href="" target="_self">gives a master class on shooting dialogue</a>.</p>
  • <p>Behind the <a href="" target="_self">Emmy-winning VFX on <em>Game of Thrones</em>.</a></p>
  • <p><em>Boardwalk Empire</em>'s <a href="" target="_self">Terence Winter on the effect of truth in television</a>.</p>
  • <p>20 of the broadcast-worthy <a href="" target="_self">shows-within-a-show from <em>30 Rock</em></a>.</p>
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  • <p><a href="" target="_self">Fred Armisen talks about the multi-faceted residents of Portlandia. </a></p>

It’s almost annoying lately when you hear that there is another amazing TV show to watch. Knowing that it’s out there—lurking in the deep but easily accessible pools of programming, triggering FOMO and potentially rendering you behind the times—is not the fortunate tidings it used to be. There are so many quality shows competing for our eyeballs now that this year’s Emmy nomination list looks like the menu of a grand buffet of burdens.

But a so-called golden age doesn’t just happen. It’s not as though we were owed some quality shows after years of too much mediocre programming, and the television gods simply delivered it. Rather, it was only through the efforts of dynamic creators like Matthew Weiner and Tina Fey who put unforgettable characters in absorbing situations, and actors like Bryan Cranston and Connie Britton who give those characters a pulse and a soul.

Of course, this year’s awards will also in part be honoring the great disrupters in the room. Netflix earned an impressive 14 nominations with its original programming, including Outstanding Drama Series for House of Cards, leading acting nods for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and a nomination for director David Fincher (the series has already won two Creative Arts nods for Cinematography and Casting). The long-heralded return of Arrested Development, and the far-less raved about Hemlock Grove also earned nominations. Netflix's Ted Sarandos has said that the company's original programming, and its success, "blurs the line forever about what television is." And it will be interesting to see the impact Netflix and at-will viewing might have on the nature of episodic programming.

In the meantime, audiences are the most immediate winners in an increasingly competitive TV arena that puts more emphasis on quality content. And, come Sunday, we'll see which shows win the recognition of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Read about the creative choices and work that went into making this year's Emmy nominees in the slide show above.