See Andy Samberg, Amy Schumer, and more prepare for the Emmys

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Emmys 2015: What Presenters, Nominees, and Red Carpet Moments to Expect.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Emmy Awards, television’s annual celebration of itself, are always a big night. Amazon’s Transparent, in which Jeffrey Tambor stars as a transgender woman, was nominated for outstanding comedy series alongside Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.The 67th prime time Emmy Awards will take place Sunday night in Los Angeles, bringing television’s top performers, technicians and creators together for a night of self-congratulation and ceremony, and perhaps the occasional funny song from the host, Andy Samberg.

Netflix also received nominations in the outstanding drama series category with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, which competed last year in the comedy series category. True to Emmy form, viewers can expect many of the same nominees as last year (see the full list), though rule changes have reconfigured the nomination pool somewhat. Expect some sort of monologue or performance with his comedy troupe The Lonely Island. (Steel yourself for “I just watched Netflix / and it felt so good.”) Unfortunately, there’s no sanctioned way to livestream the show if you don’t have cable: neither Fox nor the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are hosting a stream.

The changes were designed to more clearly define categories, and keep producers from gaming the system by putting their shows and stars in less competitive ones. You’ll be able to watch footage from the red carpet and backstage on the Emmys website starting at 6:00PM ET, but it won’t give you a real glimpse at the show itself. For example, anthology shows like “American Horror Story” and mini-series will be considered in the limited series category, and the guest acting nominations are limited to performers who made brief appearances in shows. All eyes will be on Jon Hamm, and whether he’ll get a win from his nomination for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Don Draper on AMC hit Mad Men. It will be tough for the streaming companies to compete against ABC’s Modern Family, which has won the Emmy for five consecutive years and is tied with Frasier for the most awards in that category.

He’s been nominated for the role since the first season in 2007, but has lost out to other Hollywood heavy hitters like Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Jeff Daniels of The Newsroom. This is a transitional year for TV’s biggest awards show, one defined by the last breaths of several iconic shows and the tripartite battle for prestige between networks, cable channels, and streaming services.

On a personal note, this will also be Hamm’s first big public appearance since his headline-making split from his girlfriend of 18 years, Jennifer Westfeldt, earlier this month. This year, a new category called Outstanding Variety Sketch Series was created to recognize the different kinds of shows out there on television — separating out series like Inside Amy Schumer and Key and Peele from late-night talk shows like The Colbert Report and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Amy Schumer, who just wrapped up the third season of her hit show, is a favorite for the newly created category (her box office smash Trainwreck certainly doesn’t hurt), but there’s always the possibility of a plot twist.

Mad Men’s candidacy this year is particularly interesting: it’s still never earned a major acting award despite feted performances from Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and the rest of the show’s cast. In fact, no “Mad Men” performer has ever won an acting Emmy, though the show has been named best drama four times. “Mad Men” ended in May, so this is the last chance for all of them. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star has previously hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009 and the Independent Spirit Awards in 2013, but he’s hoping to lean a bit on his comedic pals to help him make this year’s show a great one. “Karmically, I’m about to host a thing and asking a million people to do cameos — I should probably pay it forward, as we all do say,” he told the Times.

Keep checking back with Us Weekly throughout the night for more red carpet gossip, details throughout the ceremony, and all the insider scoop at the biggest celeb afterparties. Henson, in particular, created one of the most unforgettable characters on television this season in Cookie Lyon, the flamboyant matriarch of a music business dynasty. Her nomination is the only one “Empire” received in a major category, even though the soapy drama was arguably the year’s breakout hit, in terms of both ratings and buzz. But this year it faces serious competition from the acclaimed “Transparent,” the 2014 Amazon series about a gender-transitioning patriarch and his family.

The expansion acknowledges the innovative sketch shows that have emerged in recent years — other contenders for the award include “Key & Peele,” which ended in September after five seasons of adroitly blending wacky jokes with sly racial commentary, and “Saturday Night Live,” which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. While final seasons can turn outgoing shows into sentimental favorites, how will voters respond when half of the nominated variety shows — “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “Late Show With David Letterman” — no longer exist?

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