The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday, September 22, and these are the top 5 Emmy battles to watch this weekend:

1.   “30 Rock” vs. the World

It’s time for “30 Rock” to say goodbye to the Emmys, as after this year, the show will no longer be eligible. Throughout its run, the show has won three Outstanding Comedy Series Emmys, and though a fourth may not be in the cards, hopefully the voters will honor the critically-acclaimed comedy by awarding one of its leads, Alec Balwin and Tina Fey, for their wonderful characters. “TGS with Tracy Jordan” may not have won many awards, but here’s hoping “30 Rock” does for making us laugh for seven seasons.

2.   “House of Cards” vs. Old-School TV

House of Cards” is a game-changer for this year’s Emmys, as it’s the first time a series that doesn’t actually air on television has been nominated.  Yet the Emmy voters took notice of the political drama, which garnered a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as acting noms for both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. It seems online content is here to stay regardless of the outcome, but it’ll still be interesting to see how the series fares at this year’s ceremony.

3.   Lead Actress in a Comedy

Everyone in this category is extremely talented, so we’re not even going to make bets on who wins. We’re just hoping for some kind of sequel to the wonderful bit the Lead Actress in a Comedy nominees pulled in 2011, when Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and company took the stage like they were pageant queens as their names were called. When Melissa McCarthy won, the other women genuinely cheered her on, and that’s the kind of friendship we’d like to see more of.

4.   “The Daily Show” vs. the 10-Year Winning Streak

Jon Stewart won and proceeded to be tackled by category competitors Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon at last year’s awards. “I’m not in the kind of shape I should be in to do a bit with Jimmy Fallon, who’s in very good shape,” he joked. He went on to thank his competition, and while the whole thing was surprisingly sweet, that doesn’t mean Stephen and Jimmy won’t be gunning for the Emmy win this year.

5.   Lead Actress in a Drama

While the Drama Series and Lead Actor in a Drama categories always seem to be some kind of three-way fight between “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland,” the Lead Actress in a Drama category is much more of a wild card. Sure, Claire Danes and Elisabeth Moss are shoo-ins, but don’t count out Vera Farmiga or Kerry Washington. It may turn out to be same old, same old, but until then we’re excited to see what happens.


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