Now that the nominations are in, the real race begins.
Thursday's nominations announcement for the 67th
That means plenty of speculation in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 20 ceremony, which us to be telecast on Fox and hosted by
Luckily for you, Show Tracker has highlighted five things to look out for as Emmy fever builds over the rest of the summer.
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1. Is this finally Jon Hamm's year? The star of
3. A freshman comedy breakthrough? This could be the first time that a newcomer gets the best comedy honor in five years. Why? Because ABC's "Modern Family" has won five years in a row -- and while the show is still a hit, voters may well decide that it's time to give another series a chance. But which series? "Parks and Recreation" was nominated again, but the series wrapped its run in February and wouldn't seem to have Emmy momentum written all over it. "Louie" is critically beloved but probably deemed too narrow for a best-comedy prize. So all that would seem to give "Transparent" (already a Golden Globe winner) and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" at least decent shots at the big win.
4. Talk-show retirees duke it out! The outstanding variety talk series category has six nominees. And guess what? Half of those shows won't exist by the time the Emmys air. The host of "The Late Show with
5. "Better Call Saul" sneaks in: Emmy voters loved the meth-dealing drama "Breaking Bad." They loved it so much they handed it the best-drama prize two years in a row. So that may be the best explanation for why its spinoff, "Better Call Saul," was able to creep in as the sole freshman in the best-drama category this time around. Not that the show isn't good, mind you -- it's just that many were a bit surprised to see alongside established hits such as "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey." Could "Saul" take the top prize? It looks like a long shot at this point. But doubt is what makes Emmy guessing games so much fun.
What do you think? What are you looking for at the September Emmy Awards?