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Emmys 2015: Start time, schedule, and what to expect

The 67th Annual Emmy Awards are Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and former Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg will be hosting (a.k.a. delivering a short monologue and quipping as quickly as possible between awards).

As with any awards show, there is no shortage of pre-show coverage, whether that's backstage on the Emmys website starting at 6 p.m. Eastern, or E!'s Countdown to the Red Carpet starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

What to look out for at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards

While technical and guest-actor awards were handed out last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, there are plenty of categories to get through on Sunday. One of the most notable aspects of the 2015 Emmy Awards is that this year marks the last time Mad Men is eligible. While the series has won Best Drama Series four times, none of its actors (including Jon Hamm) have ever won an Emmy.

There is also the new addition of a Variety Sketch Series category. The separation from the existing Variety Series category allowed more scripted sketch shows like Inside Amy Schumer and Key and Peele to get nominated, where they were previously crowded out by late-night shows. In fact, the separate Variety Talk Series category this year is particularly stacked, thanks to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and the final seasons of The Colbert Report and Late Show with David Letterman.

While this year's Emmys certainly caused the requisite awards-show snub outrage with their choices (like omitting Jane the Virgin's brilliant star and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez), the 2015 field is generally more diverse and surprising than years past. There could be a number of upsets, especially after the Emmys adjusted some voting rules.

But yes, awards shows are generally predictable, and any attempt at true spontaneity usually falls flat when celebrities are forced to banter at Teleprompters through gritted teeth. This year, though, Samberg enlisted the entire writing team behind IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, which routinely finds new and demented ways to poke fun at existing comedy structure. With any luck, this team and some unexpected wins could make for a more memorable night at the Emmys than usual.

Sunday's Emmy Nominees go as such:

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game Of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime)

House Of Cards (Netflix)

Mad Men (AMC)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie (FX)

Modern Family (ABC)

Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Veep (HBO)

Lead Actor, Drama

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Lead Actress, Drama

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth

Louis C.K., Louie

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Lead Actress, Comedy

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Lily Tomlin, Grace And Frankie

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Supporting Actor, Drama

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Michael Kelly, House Of Cards

Supporting Actress, Drama

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special

Adrien Brody, Houdini

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Reality-Competition Series

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Variety Talk Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Variety Sketch Series

Drunk History

Inside Amy Schumer

Key & Peele


Saturday Night Live

Limited Series

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge

Wolf Hall

Television Movie

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case


Grace of Monaco

Hello Ladies: The Movie

Killing Jesus


Corrected to reflect that The Emmy Awards are on the 20th, not the 21st.

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