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'Modern Family,' Brian Cranston aim at Emmy record
Emmy contenders 'Modern Family,' Brian Cranston, Kerry Washington could make history
By LYNN ELBER
Associated Press
2014-08-25 11:42 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Orange Is the New Black," ''House of Cards" and "Modern Family" are among the Emmy nominees aiming for the history books.

A fifth best comedy series trophy for "Modern Family" would tie it with all-time sitcom champ "Frasier."

The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT) Monday on NBC, will be hosted by Seth Meyers.

Netflix's new comedy series nominee "Orange is the New Black" and drama series contender "House of Cards" could score breakthroughs as the first online series 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 an "in memoriam" tribute 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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