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Five Ways This Sunday's Emmy Awards May Surprise You


Even the most staid awards shows have a few tricks up their sleeves, and this year's Primetime Emmy Awards are no different. Before you tune in to Sunday's broadcast (8 p.m. Eastern on CBS), check out these five ways in which this year's ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, may surprise you.


HosueofcardsThe Netflix Effect
This is the first year that Netflix original programming is eligible for the Emmys, and it's the biggest shake-up the awards have experienced since cable networks entered the race. The online video provider's best bets for wins are House of Cards for Outstanding Drama and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) for Lead Actor, Drama.

KrakowskiBeloved First-Time Winners
Repeat nominees like Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Louis C.K. (Louie) and the tragically under-recognized Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) could capture their first Emmy awards in acting categories. Meanwhile, first-time nominee Kerry Washington is a strong contender in her category (Lead Actress, Drama) for her work as Olivia Pope in ABC's popular primetime soap, Scandal.

ColbertReality-Competition and Variety Upsets
Since the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category was introduced in 2003, The Amazing Race has won nine times. This could be the year the consistently good So You Think You Can Dance gets the credit it deserves, or maybe celebrity-studded The Voice could unseat the globetrotting veteran. And, although we love 10-time winner The Daily Show, it's time The Colbert Report gets a little Outstanding Variety Series love.

LoweA Candelabra Celebration
The Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra is a favorite to win the prize for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, and its lead actors, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are facing off for Outstanding Actor, Miniseries or Movie. Additionally, Elton John will be performing a tribute to Liberace as part of the broadcast. No word yet if there will be an appearance from Rob Lowe's freaky face from the film.

MonteithAn Exceptionally Emotional 'In Memoriam'
The tragic deaths of James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) and Cory Monteith (Glee) will hang heavy over this year's telecast when the actors are honored by co-stars Edie Falco and Jane Lynch in an expanded 'In Memoriam' segment. Sunday's broadcast will also include tributes to Jean Stapleton (All In the Family), Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg and Jonathan Winters (Mork & Mindy) delivered by Rob Reiner, Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams, respectively.

What do you hope to see at the Emmy Awards on Sunday?

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  1. While Cory Monteith's death was tragic, to put him in the same category as Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg, Jonathan Winters, and James Gandolfini--and not recognize Andy Griffith--is a little ludicrous.

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 20, 2013 12:40:22 PM

  2. Andy Griffith has been dead longer than you think; Ron Howard did a tribute to him on the Emmy Awards last year.

    Posted by: Grimm | Sep 20, 2013 3:22:50 PM

  3. FUN FACT: Andy Griffith & Marilyn Monroe were born on the same day and year.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Sep 20, 2013 4:35:02 PM

  4. I do hope Matt gets it for playing the BF and letting us see that great ASS of his...he never shows his ass in movies

    Posted by: tonyc | Sep 21, 2013 2:50:06 AM

  5. Do I have to watch poor, tired old Hollywood masturbate itself one more time in order to be surprised, or will you be surprised for me?

    Please? I'm old. My system probably can't stand the excitement of of hearing "I'd like to thank my plastic surgeon…" one more time.

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 21, 2013 3:07:55 AM

  6. If only Hollywood could be as good at turning out memorable, quality television shows as they are at giving themselves awards and pats on the back.

    Posted by: Jackie | Sep 22, 2013 12:42:16 AM

  7. @Jackie... I have to disagree with you about the television industry. I think they are in another Golden Age of producing exceptional shows, not only on cable but he networks seem to have stepped up their game. Game Of Thrones, VEEP, Scandal, Breaking Bad, Nashville, Modern Family, Mad Men, Top Of The Lake, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Dexter, Nurse Jackie... not too shabby a list.

    Posted by: (the other)jamesintoronto | Sep 22, 2013 4:59:42 PM

  8. I forgot to include House of Cards, Homeland and Behind The Candelabra.

    Posted by: (the other)jamesintoronto | Sep 22, 2013 5:00:54 PM

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