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Andy Samberg is Making Us Watch the Emmys

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The 67th Emmy Awards air on FOX this Sunday, September 20 at 8 PM EST, showcasing the best of the best in television for the year. Expect stars, slinky gowns and hopefully a few musical numbers from host Andy Samberg (Yay!). To get everyone pumped, here are the top five things we’re looking forward to in this year’s show.

  1. The Red Carpet

We can’t be the only ones who like the fashion parade on the red carpet way more than the actual ceremony. The Emmys are like a slightly watered down version of the Oscars—still glamorous, but with a few more risks thrown into the bunch. Either way: dresses, tuxes, shoes and jewels? Sign us up.

  1. Mad Men Mania

The beloved show went off the air this year after seven seasons of terse conversations and confusing previews. Mad Men always was an Emmys darling, but this year everyone’s predicting a landslide win in almost every category. Call it nostalgia, call it good taste, but Mad Men mania is sweeping the Emmys.

  1. Host Andy Samberg

We’re more than a little obsessed with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the charming, slightly absurdist comedy of star Andy Samberg. Here’s hoping he brings that same manic energy to his job as this year’s host.

  1. A David Letterman/Jon Stewart Face-Off

Both David Letterman and Jon Stewart left late-night programming this year, leaving an empty place in our hearts and significantly fewer laughs on television. The Variety Talk Series award will most likely go to one of them—but which one? There’s even the possibility that Stephen Colbert could wedge between them both for the win, as The Colbert Report ended this year too. It’s a real battle for the late-night-love in Emmy 2015.

  1. Rooting for the Underdogs

Sometimes you can predict the winners from a mile away (who wants to bet that Modern Family will win Outstanding Comedy Series yet again?). That’s why I like to root for the underdog—that show or actor who doesn’t have a shot in hell, but you’re pulling for them anyway. My picks this year are: the hilarious Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Outstanding Comedy. Tatiana Maslany as Outstanding Actress for her riveting and challenging clone roles in Orphan Black. And Adam Driver for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Girls. Will any of them win? Probably not. But a girl can dream.


Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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