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Emmys 2011 highlight new contenders (PHOTOS)

Highlights from the 2011 Emmy Awards Red Carpet
Highlights from the 2011 Emmy Awards Red CarpetGetty Images

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight live on Little Rock's FOX 16 with host and nominee Jane Lynch from Glee poised to provide a comedic edge to the annual festivities. She also becomes the third woman ever to host the Emmys after Angela Lansbury and Ellen DeGeneres.

An onslaught of new contenders, such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, competing with more established fare, such as AMC's Mad Men. Mad Men received 19 nominations over all. Friday Night Lights is another surprising new hopeful for Outstanding Drama Series. Though the show has been on the air for five seasons, it received its first Emmy nomination this year.

Kathy Bates from Harry Law's is up against last year's winner Julianna Marguiles for drama actress. First time hopefuls in the comedy category include Melissa McCarthy from Mike and Molly, riding a winning streak from the movie Bridesmaids, and Martha Plimpton in Raising Hope.

Modern Family, which won Outstanding Comedy Series last year received 17 nominations and is likely to score big in the comedy categories once again. And Steve Carell has a chance to win his last Emmy for The Office.

Catch the Emmy Awards live on Little Rock's FOX 16 at 7 p.m. CST.

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