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Emmys 2015 preview: Jon Hamm, 'Transparent' are big hopefuls

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Come Sunday, the red carpet will be rolled out in downtown Los Angeles for the 67th annual primetime Emmys. 

Variety's TV critic Debra Birnbaum joined host Alex Cohen for a look ahead to the show.

Preview highlights:

Emmy voting has changed this year. How has it impacted the nominations?

"There have been a lot of changes, but I think the biggest one, and that's going to make the biggest difference come Emmy night, is the second round of voting post nominations is up to all of the Emmy academy voting bodies. So rather than just be for a blue ribbon panel, it's up to the entire 18,000 membership." 

When it comes to the competition itself, what categories are you most excited about?

"I'm certainly excited to see what happens with Jon Hamm and see if he finally gets the trophy he so richly deserves, but I'm also really excited to see what happens in the best actress in a drama race. No black woman has ever won that race before, and we've got two fantastic contenders: Viola Davis is up for 'How to Get Away With Murder,' and Taraji P. Henson is up for the fantastic role of Cookie in 'Empire,' which was the breakout hit of the broadcast season."  

Amazon's "Transparent" is nominated in the best series category. This is Amazon's big debut at the Emmys, with 12 nominations for this show. What does that say to you about changes in the way we're watching TV now? 

"It's really amazing how this show has put Amazon on the map, and really transformed the way, as you said, we watch television. It's not just about the broadcast networks anymore. So if Amazon can win this trophy for best comedy series, it's really going to send a message to the broadcast networks that they have to sort of change the way that they're programming." 

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