7 Reasons Why You Need to Watch This Year's Emmys

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We know, we know: The next-to-last episode of "Breaking Bad" airs this Sunday. Plus, there's football. But for all you TV junkies, this Sunday's Primetime Emmys is shaping up to be the most exciting show in years, with lots of competitive races and one-of-a-kind performances. Here's a rundown of why you should DVR "Breaking Bad" and spend your evening with the Emmys. 

1. Neil Patrick Harris is your MC

We already know what a great awards show host he can be from the Tonys (and his 2009 stint as Emmy host). And NPH will reportedly be kicking off this year's ceremony with a film montage that inserts him into nominated shows, a la Billy Crystal at the Oscars. Plus, the "How I Met Your Mother" star will put on his dancing shoes to hoof it during the choreographers' number. That might be worth the price of admission right there.

[Video: Neil Patrick Harris Has the Magic Touch in First Emmys Promo]

2. Hotly contested drama races

With all the great TV dramas out there right now, the competition for Emmy has never been more fierce. The Drama Series race features six acclaimed series, all with a legitimate shot to win. (But we're thinking this is finally "Breaking Bad's" year to claim the big prize.) And the Lead Actor and Actress categories are equally tough to predict, with "Bad's" Bryan Cranston battling "Homeland's" Damian Lewis and "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm, and reigning champ Claire Danes looking to hold off "Scandal's" Kerry Washington. If you're in an Emmys office pool, your guess is as good as ours.

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3. A few possible shockers in the comedy races

It's easy to pencil in "Modern Family" for another string of wins in the comedy categories, but this year might see some dark horses snatch away the top prizes. "Louie," "The Big Bang Theory," and "30 Rock" (in its final season) all could topple the three-time champ from the Comedy Series throne. And we could witness a changing of the guard in the lead acting races, with "Louie's" Louis C.K. and "Girls" star Lena Dunham bringing a touch of indie flair to this year's ceremony.

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4. TV's biggest stars are ready to rock the red carpet

Can we interest you in some old Hollywood glamour? Fashion plates like Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel, Christina Hendricks, and "Big Bang's" Kaley Cuoco will be making designer frocks look even better on the Emmys red carpet. Plus, you know someone's going to wear something ridiculously horrible that we'll be making fun of all week long. Don't you want to be the first to tweet about it?

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5. A new look for the "In Memoriam" segment

This year, in addition to the traditional "In Memoriam" montage, the Emmys are adding five individual tributes to beloved TV icons we've lost in 2013. Robin Williams will pay tribute to his idol (and "Mork & Mindy" co-star) Jonathan Winters; Michael J. Fox will remember "Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg; Rob Reiner will honor his "All in the Family" mom Jean Stapleton; Edie Falco will eulogize her "Sopranos" husband James Gandolfini; and Jane Lynch will open up about the shocking loss of "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith. Make sure you have a box of tissues nearby.

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6. Can't-miss musical performances

The Emmys ceremony typically doesn't feature a lot of live music, but this year's ceremony has lined up a few big-name musicians to rock the mic. In honor of HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," Elton John will tickle the ivories for a Liberace tribute. And as part of a special 50th-anniversary look back at the year 1963, "American Idol" champ Carrie Underwood will sing live — a Beatles song, we're hoping.

[Related: From JFK to the Beatles, Emmys Will Pay Tribute to 1963]

7. And oh yeah, we'll be there live!

Yahoo is the official digital partner of the Television Academy, and that grants us unprecedented access to TV's biggest night. Starting at 7 p.m. ET, we'll be streaming a live Emmys pre-show straight from the red carpet. Then during the ceremony, we'll take you behind the scenes with "Backstage Live!" And after the last Emmy is handed out, we'll be live from the Governors Ball with post-show interviews and analysis. Stay with Yahoo TV all night long for everything Emmys… and then catch up on "Breaking Bad."

The Primetime Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.