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Emmy Nominations Will Be Announced Thursday Morning

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced in North Hollywood on Thursday at 5:40 a.m. Pacific time.  Scandal actress Kerry Washington and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman will participate in the announcement, which can be seen at Emmys.com.

It's a safe bet that the 2011 winner for best drama, the AMC series Mad Men, will be a nominee in that category again this year.  Other candidates include two other AMC series, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, plus HBO's Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, and Showtime's Homeland.

ABC's Modern Family, which won best comedy in 2011, will likely get the chance to defend its title.  Its competition may include former best-comedy winner 30 Rock, plus fellow NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

Tom O'Neil, of the website Gold Derby, is one of the lead predictors when it comes to Hollywood awards shows.  He tells ABC News Radio we'll hear the names of shows like Mad Men and Modern Family called a lot.

"About two-thirds of last year's nominees will be back, because they always come back," O'Neil said. "And the guessing game is what newcomers will make the cut."

O'Neil thinks that cable could dominate: "It is possible, that for the first time ever, all nominees for best drama series will be from cable.  Last year only one broadcast show broke through.  It was The Good Wife.  This year...it could be a complete shut out for the broadcast channels."

Jimmy Kimmel will host ABC's Emmys telecast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. live in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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