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Drama and upsets in store for TV's big Emmy night

Published on Sep 19, 2012 8:07 PM
The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, pose backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept 18, 2011. This year, Downton Abbey sees itselft in a tight race with four time Emmy winner Mad Men for the best drama series award.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A night of upsets could be on the menu at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, with the countesses and kitchen maids of Britain's Downton Abbey bidding to end the reign of television's Mad Men, while post-9/11 psychological thriller Homeland lurks close by.

With a tight race for the best drama series top prize and a great year for comedy actresses, the television industry's biggest night could pack as much drama this year as the plot twists and turns dreamed up by TV writers on screen.

"What makes this year's Emmys filled with such anticipation is that there are no easy predictions and that makes the show exciting," said Mr Todd Gold, executive editor of Xfinity TV.

"There was a period in the 1990s when the Emmys seemed so predictable. This is a year that really reflects the strength and depth of TV across the board," Mr Gold told Reuters.

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