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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Poll: Test your Emmy Award predicting skills here

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Every year at this time, the Emmy Awards leaves us wondering what numbskull thought a trophy show in which the same shows win every year makes for riveting television. At first glance, Sunday’s Emmycast looks particularly treacherous: “The Daily Show” nominated for its 11th consecutive variety show win, “Mad Men” up for its fifth consecutive drama series win, etc.

But this year could be different. Really! Among things to consider:

“Mad Men” is battling “Downton Abbey” for the first time, and if there’s one thing Emmy voters are suckers for it’s crunchy-gravel dramas populated with actors speaking in proper British accents.

For the first time ever, Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” faces Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar extravaganza, featuring appearances by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, TomHanks, and Oprah Winfrey!. Meanwhile, Stewart’s submitted episode features an interview with the U.S. Secretary of Education. You do the math!

For the first time since the category’s creation, Jeff Probst cannot win the trophy for best reality show host — because he’s not nominated!

This will be the most challenging year in ages for testing your Emmy predicting skills. Take the plunge here:

By  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/21/2012

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