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10 questions loom over Emmy Award nominations

July 7, 2010 |  8:51 am

Here are the top 10 things to look for when Emmy Award nominations are unveiled Thursday morning.

1.) Battle of the two "Tonight Shows" in the Emmy race for best variety series. NBC entered Jay Leno's version. Conan O'Brien entered his own. Will both be nominated?

2.) What new TV series will make the top races? "Glee" and "Modern Family" are safe bets for best comedy, "The Good Wife" for best drama. But what else? And what about returning shows not yet nominated such as "The Big Bang Theory" and "Parks and Recreation"?

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3.) Will the humility of the "Modern Family" actors backfire? The whole cast has declared themselves in the supporting races, thus jamming those categories. Who will snubbed due to overcrowding?

4.) Will "Cougar Town" star Courteney Cox finally score her first nomination? She was the only cast member of "Friends" (winner, best comedy series, 2002) who wasn't nominated.

5.) Can Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") reap their first Emmy bids? Neither was nominated during the heyday of "Married … with Children," which was one of TV's longest-running shows never to win an Emmy.

6.) Can "Glee," "Modern Family" or "30 Rock" break the record for most nominations held by a comedy series? Current record is 22, which was set last year by "30 Rock." (It's unlikely that any show will beat the record for most noms scored by a drama series, which is 26 earned by "NYPD Blue" in 1994).

7.) Can Jeremy Piven return to the derby? After winning best supporting comedy actor three years in a row, the "Entourage" star suddenly wasn't nominated last year. To blame: no doubt that fishy story about mercury poisoning springing him from having to perform eight stagings per week of "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway. Read more.

8.) Has scandal-plagued Charlie Sheen knocked himself out of the race? The "Two and a Half Men" star has been nominated for best lead comedy actor for the past four years, but will he be back?

9.) Are pundits overestimating the potential for "Glee"? Mike Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly doesn't believe Lea Michele or Matthew Morrison will be nominated.

10.) Can former "Sopranos" star Edie Falco nab a bid for "Nurse Jackie" and thus become one of the few performers nominated for both drama and comedy shows?

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