5 Emmy Records That Can Be Broken in 2015

5 Emmy Records That Can Be Broken in 2015

The 2015 Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on FOX with host Andy Samberg. The telecast will hand out awards in 26 categories for the best in drama, comedy, limited series and variety shows.

This year there plenty of different awards to look forward and many potential Emmy records that might be broken. Will we see the first-ever acting win for Mad Men? Can Modern Family win its sixth Emmy in a row? And can Game of Thrones tower over all other shows in TV history?

Here are five exciting records to watch for during the 2015 Emmys.

Most Series Wins in a Single Season

In its first season, The West Wing won nine Emmy Awards, the record for most series wins in a single year. However, this year Game of Thrones is almost certainly going to tie or break it.

The HBO fantasy epic won an astonishing eight Emmys at the Creative Arts ceremony and it will compete in five categories at the Primetime ceremony: Drama Series, Supporting Actor and Actress, Writing and Directing. If it wins just one it will tie the record, but two wins will give Game of Thrones the all-time record.

An Acting Win for Mad Men

Mad Men is one of the most revered shows ever, winning 15 Emmys, including four for Outstanding Drama Series. But inexplicably, the show has NEVER won an Emmy Award for acting. That doesn't just go for the main stars, but guest stars too. This is it's final season and it has three chances with Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm. All eyes are on Hamm as it will be a real crime if he never wins an Emmy for creating Don Draper, one of the most iconic characters in TV history.

First African-American Drama Lead Actress

As hard as it is to believe, a black woman has NEVER won the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. It's one of the only major categories an African-American hasn't won (the other is Supporting Actor in a Drama). But this year, for the first time ever, there are two women who can be the first to do it. How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis and Empire's Taraji P. Henson are both nominated. They're also two of the most buzzed-about nominees, winning several other awards and making them both serious contenders.

Most Wins for Drama or Comedy Series

There's a potential for new records this year in both of the top categories. For Outstanding Drama Series, there are four shows that have won the award four times: L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, The West Wing and Mad Men. If Mad Men wins for its final season, it will be the only drama to win the top Emmy five times.

As for comedies, Frasier and Modern Family both hold the record with five wins each for Outstanding Comedy Series. If Modern Family defies the odds and wins for a sixth year in a row, it will be the new champion.

A New Network for Comedy Series

While the Emmys have embraced cable networks and streaming sites in many categories, Outstanding Comedy Series is not one of them. HBO won the award once for Sex and the City while FOX won it twice for Ally McBeal and Arrested Development. However, the other 58 Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series have all gone to NBC, CBS or ABC.

This year, Veep or Silicon Valley could become the second cable show and second HBO show to win the top prize. Louie could be FX's first ever winner while both Transparent and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt would mark a huge first win for a streaming service, either Amazon or Netflix.
Will any of these records be broken? Find out at the 2015 Emmy Awards airing Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on FOX.


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