'Modern Family,' Brian Cranston aim at Emmy record

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"Modern Family", Best Comedy Series (AP Photo/ABC, Peter "Hopper" Stone)
"The Big Bang Theory", Best Comedy Series (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
"Louie", Best Comedy Series
"Orange Is the New Black", Best Comedy Series (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
"Silicon Valley", Best Comedy Series (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"Veep", Best Comedy Series (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
"Breaking Bad", Best Drama Series
"Mad Men", Best Drama Series
"Downton Abbey", Best Drama Series
"Game of Thrones", Best Drama Series (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)
"True Detective", Best Drama Series (AP Photo/HBO, Michele K. Short)
"House of Cards", Best Drama Series (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)
Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images).
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Amy Poehler ("Parks & Recreation"), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Taylor Schilling ("Orange Is the New Black"), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
CORRECTS IDENTITY - Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Kevin Parry/Invision/AP)
Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"), Best Actor in a Comedy Series (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
Louis C.K. ("Louie"), Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family"), Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Entertainment Weekly/AP Images)
Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Adam Driver ("Girls"), Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Tony Hale ("Veep"), Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Allison Janney ("Mom"), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Showtime/AP Images)
Kate Mulgrew ("Orange Is the New Black"), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Kate McKinnon ("Saturday Night Live"), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
Anna Chlumsky ("Veep"), Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Entertainment Weekly/AP Images)
Lizzie Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Claire Danes ("Homeland"), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Robin Wright ("House of Cards"), Best Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Best Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), Best Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Best Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Woody Harrelson ("True Detective"), Best Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP)
Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective"), Best Actor in a Drama Series (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), Best Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Jim Carter ("Downton Abbey"), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Josh Charles ("The Good Wife"), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland"), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Showtime/AP Images)
Jon Voight ("Ray Donovan"), Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Showtime/AP Images)
Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
Lena Heady ("Game of Thrones"), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife"), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Joanne Froggatt ("Downton Abbey"), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
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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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