Why Bob Odenkirk and Amy Schumer Could Make Emmys History

A streaming series winning best comedy or drama isn't the only way TV history could be made on Sunday. Here are 10 other potential outcomes for the record books.
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If Netflix's House of Cards or Amazon's Transparent nabs the best drama or best comedy trophy, respectively, the TV business as we once knew it officially will be over (finally).

But there are other significant races in the works, whose winners also would signal giant shifts for the small screen. Here are 10 other possible outcomes to watch for on Sunday when the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are given out in Los Angeles.

Category: Drama Series

Potential History-Maker: AMC’s Better Call Saul

Why: The series would be the first dramatic spinoff of another Emmy-winning series (Breaking Bad) to take home gold.

Category: Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Potential History-Maker: Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk

Why: Odenkirk would become the first actor to win for playing a character that originated in another series.

Category: Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Potential History-Maker: Mad Men’s Jon Hamm

Why: Hamm would be the first actor to win for the first time after more than five seasons on a series seven, to be exact. The closest another actor came to this milestone was when Kyle Chandler (now contending for Netflix's Bloodline) won for his final season of Friday Night Lights in 2011.

Category: Variety Sketch Series

Potential History-Maker: All of the category's nominees: IFC’s Portlandia; Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer and Drunk History; and NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Why: No sketch series ever has contended exclusively against other such shows until this year, when the academy split the variety category into two: talk show and sketch series.

Category: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Potential History-Maker: Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor

Why: Tambor would be the first actor male or female to win for playing a character who is transgender.

Category: Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Potential History-Makers: How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis and Empire’s Taraji P. Henson

Why: No black female actor ever has won in this category.

Category: Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV movie

Potential History-Maker: Derek’s Ricky Gervais

Why: Gervais would become the first actor to win here for a comedic film role, this one in a spinoff of his Netflix comedy series, Derek.

Category: Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Potential History-Maker: Inside Amy Schumer’s Amy Schumer

Why: No sketch-series performer ever has won a top Emmy acting prize.

Category: Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Potential History-Maker: Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler

Why: She would be the first lead female actor to win for the first time for the final season of her comedy series.

Category: Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Potential History-Maker: Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon

Why: She would become the first SNL castmember to win a nonguest-star acting Emmy.

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