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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 08/27/2010

The seven Emmy Award moments not to miss

By Jen Chaney

Could this man win an Emmy on Sunday? (AP)

Friday List

Television audiences are faced with a tough choice this weekend. They can either proceed with their usual Sunday-night-viewing routines -- tuning in for "Mad Men," then watching the "True Blood" episode they DVR'd, or vice-versa -- or they can stay glued to the Emmy Awards and find out whether the stars of those shows walk away with any trophies.

Okay, for some that's not much of a choice. In the battle between hot retro ad executives/vampires vs. award shows, it's pretty easy to determine who wins. But truly, there could be some dramatic, conversation-generating moments during this year's Emmys. In an effort to make fast-forwarding or rewinding the DVR that much easier, today's Friday List is devoted to the eight Emmy moments you may not want to miss.

The announcement of the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Will Conan O'Brien -- in the ultimate [insert NSFW name of Cee Lo Green song here] to NBC -- actually win in this category for his work on his "Tonight Show"? It's a possibility. And O'Brien plans to attend. Given the constraints on what he can and cannot say per his agreement with NBC, his acceptance speech, should he get to make one, will undoubtedly have been carefully (and comedically) crafted. Fingers crossed that Team CoCo triumphs.

The post-nuptials appearance of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer: "True Blood" fans may want to turn away from this season's penultimate episode long enough to at least see the newly married Paquin and Moyer, who are tapped as co-presenters. If they're very ambitious, they may even want to watch the red carpet pre-shows on NBC and E! to see what the two have to say about their wedding, or that Rolling Stone cover.

Two words: George Clooney: He will be presented with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award during the ceremony, which recognizes his work on the Hope for Haiti TV special, as well as his efforts to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina clean-up and awareness about the crisis in Darfur. Clooney will probably receive his award with his usual mix of self-deprecation and old-Hollywood glamor. This strikes me as a good enough reason for a (brief) Don Draper break.

Jimmy Fallon's hosting-with-help-from-Twitter approach: Fallon, hosting the Emmys this year for the first time, has solicited suggestions from Twitter users that will be used to introduce some of the presenters. That's right, even the Emmys are being crowdsourced. It's a fun idea that could either translate into a clever, forward-thinking success or a total disaster. Won't it be grand to find out which one on live TV?

The best actors in a drama series: The competition among the dramatic actors in the lead and supporting categories could translate into the most suspenseful winner announcements of the night. Will the Man in Black/Locke (Terry O'Quinn) beat out Ben (Michael Emerson) in a battle of the "Lost" villains? Or will "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul sneak in and break the tie? And in the best actor in a drama race, it's really tough to make a call between the top six. Michael C. Hall could easily win. But then, so could Bryan Cranston or Jon Hamm. And I personally would be happiest if either Kyle Chandler or "Friday Night Lights" or Matthew Fox walked away with the trophy. The suspense -- it's palpable, I tell you!

The possibility of a musical number breaking out: Crud, I just lost you, didn't I? But in the context of this Emmy Awards ceremony, a little song-and-dance might not be a bad thing. Fallon joked with Deadline.com about doing some musical numbers, noting that producers booked Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. That last part may be facetious, but with the kids from "Glee," Neil Patrick Harris and plenty of other belters in the house, a splashy number may not be out of the question.

The big ones: Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama: The night's major awards actually might generate some genuine suspense as well. In the comedy category, "Glee" could win, but given the love for "Modern Family" and veteran winner "30 Rock," it's a tough one to call. Same goes for drama, where "Mad Men" could score again, unless sentimental love for "Lost" or admiration for "The Good Wife" trumps it. Only Sunday night's telecast -- and, you know, all the Emmy stories that circulate on the Internet immediately thereafter -- will tell.

By Jen Chaney  | August 27, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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Comments

that boston v tampa bay game is looking better all the time...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | August 27, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually watch the Emmys, I'm more of an Oscar kinda girl, but I may actually watch this one for the exact reasons you stated Jen.

Posted by: wadejg | August 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Agree with wadejg (except for the Oscar thing, I usually skip those too), but I'm definately gonna DVR it so I can catch the good stuff.

Posted by: Lizka | August 27, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Listening to Rob D(r)ibble make a fool of himself on MASN is preferable to watching the Emmys.

Posted by: angelos_peter | August 27, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights" win--it's well deserved. I'd like to see Connie Britton of the same show win best supporting actor. That being said, Michael C. Hall is definitely deserving, but since he's already won, give it a pass for now. Joe Hamm is not at all deserving: he gets vote purely for his physical appearance.

Posted by: lskloven1 | August 29, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

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