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Just in time for the Emmys Monday night, Google has put together a Street View list of real-life shooting locations for a few TV shows up for awards.

Freddy’s BBQ Joint, the favorite haunt of “House of Cards”’s Frank Underwood, isn’t a real restaurant, and it’s actually in Baltimore, not D.C.

Freddy's BBQ Joint in downtown Baltimore

Freddy’s BBQ Joint in downtown Baltimore

And unless you’re cruising to Charm City in a motorcade with a bulletproof limo, it’s a lot easier to just check out the location using Street View.

On the other end of the economic spectrum is Highclere Castle, one of the most recognizable and historic stately homes in the U.K. One of the best things that happened to the real-life Earl of Carnarvon in years was a decision by producers of “Downton Abbey” to use the castle as the background for the popular British series.

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Google also pulled together real-life shooting locations for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “Breaking Bad” (which has already become a popular tourist destination) and ABC’s “Scandal.”

This year, NBC* moved the Emmys to Monday night for the first time since 1976 because the network wanted to air a Sunday night football game. MTV’s Video Music Awards telecast is also tonight but NBC mostly wanted to air the football game because ratings.

While the Emmys may not get as many viewers as NFL games, the show is attracting significant interest from social media companies hoping to capitalize on bored couch potatoes snarking on the sometimes cringe-worthy awards show.

Facebook is using the Emmys this year to try and capture more social media traffic from TV events — which has gravitated to Twitter — through the introduction of the new “Mentions Box,” which will allow celebrities on the red carpet to share their deep thoughts about previously selected questions submitted by viewers. Meanwhile, Twitter is bringing back its “Signature Mirror” in partnership with Yahoo, which automatically tweets photos from celebs at the ceremony.

* NBCUniversal is an investor in Revere Digital, Re/code’s parent company.



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