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'Modern Family,' Brian Cranston aim at Emmy record

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.

The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. EDT Monday on NBC with host Seth Meyers, are full of such possibilities, including a fifth best comedy series trophy for "Modern Family" that would tie it with all-time sitcom champ "Frasier."

The ceremony moved from its usual Sunday home in September to avoid conflicts with "NBC Sunday Night Football" and MTV's Video Music Awards.

There's also a chance for new stats this time around, the result of changes in how programs are delivered and watched.

Netflix's freshman comedy series nominee "Orange is the New Black" and sophomore drama series contender "House of Cards" could score breakthroughs as the first online shows to capture top Emmy Awards.

Among other potential history-making wins:

- If "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons is crowned as best comedy actor, it will be his fourth Emmy and put him in league with Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

- A victory for "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston would give him a tie with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz.

- Matthew McConaughey, nominated for the drama series "True Detective," will join an exclusive club if he wins, according to awards historian Tom O'Neil, joining Helen Mirren, Helen Hunt, Liza Minnelli and George C. Scott as the fifth actor to win both an Emmy and Oscar in a single year. In March, McConaughey nabbed the best actor Academy Award for "Dallas Buyers Club."

- "Scandal" star Kerry Washington would be in a class by herself if she receives the best drama series actress award, becoming the first African-American to conquer the category.

Although the Emmys are about celebrating the best of TV, they also include "in memoriam" tributes to industry members who died in the past year. Among those who will be remembered: Robin Williams, with Billy Crystal honoring his longtime friend and fellow comedian and actor.

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Sue Brown August 25 2014 at 5:32 PM


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patriot1too Sue Brown August 25 2014 at 5:46 PM

Yes why does anyone even watch that awful modern family show. Its immoral behaviors being passed off as normal is dumbing down our youth and creating the cess pool of moral decay that is destroying our nation.

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domingbfan Sue Brown August 25 2014 at 7:07 PM

nanny Sue,

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patriot1too August 25 2014 at 5:41 PM

That disfunctional so called modern family is the worst show on tv. Its a waste of air time and should be removed. It and other shows like it are dumbing down America and creating the disfunctional immoral behaviors that are destroying our youth and our nation.

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Gary Casper August 25 2014 at 6:20 PM

Of course Modern Family will win. It is Hollywoods way of furthering their social agenda.

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b515 Gary Casper August 25 2014 at 6:29 PM

And Kerry Washington will become the first black actress to win in a drama. Unless there is a lesbian nominee, then they have a problem on their hands.

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rvanhosen Gary Casper August 25 2014 at 6:35 PM

Modern Family and Jimmy Fallon will get an award. Don't know anyone who watches either show. I think the ratings are a hoax.

I work in a diner in the middle of the country, on an interstate in the town of a major university. The place is always packed, each table has a TV. No one ever has Modern Family on.

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domingbfan rvanhosen August 25 2014 at 7:09 PM

what do they watch lizard lick towing

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rude August 25 2014 at 6:34 PM

Modern Family is a prime example of the how Americans have been dumbed-down....... to the point where most will laugh at anything that might have been written in a 9th grade study hall.

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littlelady August 25 2014 at 6:28 PM

can someone please tell me why ncis was not on the list. also law and order and many others... modern family is ok but not as good as the one's above. the only reason I plan on watching to see the trubite to Robin williams

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rvanhosen August 25 2014 at 6:26 PM

I watched it a few times, nothing special, don't know of anyone who watches it. But TV has been so bad and so out of touch I would cancel the Emmy's.

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kiyaskid August 25 2014 at 5:58 PM

I watched this show for 10 minutes a few years ago....it's dumb. I don't understand how it's so popular.

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b515 kiyaskid August 25 2014 at 6:27 PM

Consider who watches the show. It is self explanatory.

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domingbfan kiyaskid August 25 2014 at 7:58 PM

miss Fred and Barney

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domingbfan August 25 2014 at 7:25 PM

cry me a river, classic lily

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domingbfan domingbfan August 25 2014 at 7:27 PM

maybe you all need a wambulance.

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pat10s August 25 2014 at 7:44 PM

So much for more Garbage on TV. And no one in their right mind would ever watch them!

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bearjolly August 25 2014 at 7:22 PM

I have tried to watch Modern Family. Just can't get into it. And I'm gay. Hoping Big Bang Theory sweeps.

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