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With movies and miniseries combined into one category, competition will be stiff. Among the likely nominees: PBS’ “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs Downstairs”; Starz’s “The Pillars of the Earth” and HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” and “Too Big to Fail,” about America’s 2008 financial crisis.

The absence of “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who won acting honors for a drama series three years in a row, might help “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm: He hasn’t converted any of his trio of nominations to a win.

Other potential nominees in the category include Hugh Laurie of Fox’s “House,” Michael C. Hall for “Dexter,” Kyle Chandler for “Friday Night Lights,” Bill Macy for “Shameless” and Timothy Olyphant for FX’s “Justified.”

Among actresses in a drama series, last year’s winner Kyra Sedgwick of TNT’s “The Closer” could return and be joined by, among others, Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights,” Katy Sagal of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” Enos of “The Killing” and Rossum of “Shameless.”

On the comedy side, Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” was voted best actor in a comedy and should have another shot at the award. Competing with him could be Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock,” Steve Carell of “The Office,” Rob Lowe of “Parks and Recreation” and Louis CK from Comedy Central’s “Louis.”

Among actresses in a comedy, the field could include last year’s winner Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie,” Tina Fey of “30 Rock,” Laura Linney of Showtime’s “The Big C,” Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” Toni Collette of Showtime’s “United States of Tara” and Lea Michelle of “Glee.”

The Emmy ceremony is scheduled to air on Fox on Sept. 18.

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