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Five reasons why the #Emmy nominations might actually be exciting this year

Emily Yahr
This year, we advise you to pay attention — there are many signs that the nominations (which precede the Sept. 20 show, hosted by Andy Samberg) might actually be pretty interesting. We’ll go even further and sayexciting. Here are five reasons why:
1) An influx of critically-acclaimed new shows and actors.
Amazon’s “Transparent,” Fox’s “Empire,” CW’s “Jane the Virgin”: Three shows that made big waves last TV season, and now, they have their first chance to be nominated. The Golden Globes already got a jump on things by giving big honors to “Transparent” (best comedy; best comedy actor for Jeffrey Tambor) and “Jane the Virgin” (best comedy actress for Gina Rodriguez). History-making “Empire” wasn’t eligible for the Golden Globes, but we don’t even want to know what will happen if Taraji P. Henson doesn’t get a drama actress nomination for her groundbreaking portrayal of Cookie.
Plus, now that “Breaking Bad” is over and has cleared the way for some new drama nominees, look out for less critically-loved but Golden Globe favorites “The Affair” and “How to Get Away With Murder” to get some attention, particularly with actors Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Viola Davis, respectively. On the comedy side, Netflix’s Tina Fey series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” should also make a splash.
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