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Five noteworthy Emmy possibilities

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC’s “Mad Men.”Justina Mintz/AMC via AP

It's always exciting to see which shows and actors will win in all major Emmy categories. But often there's something notable that stands behind a win. We may not know the outcome yet, but here are a few things to keep in mind while watching Sunday night's Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg and airing on Fox at 8 p.m.

“Modern Family”
“Modern Family”ABC

1. Will "Modern Family" set a record? The show could win Outstanding Comedy Series for the sixth time in a row — a record number of wins for a scripted series.

The ABC show may have won this award every year since 2010, but can it do it again? This year it competes against "Louie," "Parks and Recreation," "Silicon Valley," "Transparent," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and "Veep." (Though, TV critic Matthew Gilbert thinks that either "Transparent" or "Veep" will win it.)


2. Will Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, or Christina Hendricks finally win? It's the trio's last chance to finally win Emmys for their performances as Don Draper, Peggy Olsen, and Joan Holloway, respectively, in AMC's "Mad Men." They've all been nominated several times, but none have ever won. (Hamm eight times, Moss five times, and Hendricks six.) The show, which ended in May, has won four times.

Taraji P. Henson with Terrence Howard in “Empire.”
Taraji P. Henson with Terrence Howard in “Empire.”Chuck Hodes/Fox via AP

3. Will Taraji P. Henson or Viola Davis make history? If either woman wins for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama it will be the first time an African American has claimed the honor. Henson is nominated for her role as Cookie in Fox's "Empire," and Davis for Annalise Keating in ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder."

Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent.”
Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent.”Beth Dubber/Amazon Studios via AP

4. Or will Jeffery Tambor? If he wins for Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy, for his role in Amazon's "Transparent," it'll be the first Emmy ever won for the portrayal of a transgender person. Last year, Laverne Cox was the first transgender person nominated for an Emmy for her role in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black."


Burlington native Amy Poehler.
Burlington native Amy Poehler.Tyler Golden/NBC

6. Will a local actor take home an award in a major category? Amy Poehler (from Burlington), Uzo Aduba (from Medfield), and Matt LeBlanc and Louis C.K. (both from Newton). Poehler is nominated for Lead Actress, Comedy for her role as Leslie Knope in NBC's "Parks and Recreation;" Aduba for Supporting Actress, Comedy for her role as Crazy Eyes in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black;" and LeBlanc and C.K. are head-to-head in the Lead Actor, Comedy category. LeBlanc is nominated for his role as Matt LeBlanc in Showtime's "Episodes" and C.K. for his role as Louie in FX's "Louie."

Read Matthew Gilbert's deeper analysis:

Who will win an Emmy? Who should?