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5 Things to Know Before Sunday Night's 2017 Emmy Awards

Although it's his first time hosting the Emmys, Colbert is no stranger to the awards

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    A file photo of comedian and late night host Stephen Colbert. Colbert will host the 69th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

    It's finally here. All of your binge watching is about to pay off because the 69th Annual Primetime 2017 Emmy Awards Show is Sunday night.

    TV's biggest stars will flock to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for their chance to snag the big award for the small screen.

    "Downton Abbey" is now over and out of the running for the Outstanding Drama Series category. However, there will still be fierce competition between "Stranger Things," "The Handmaid's Tale," "This Is Us," "Westworld," "House of Cards," "Better Call Saul" and "The Crown." "Westworld" and "Stranger Things" have already received five Creative Arts Emmy Awards. 

    Here are five keys to TV's big night:

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    1. Stephen Colbert is hosting: That's right. The Emmys are sticking with a late-night host. Jimmy Kimmel hosted last year's awards, and he recently shared his hosting advice with "The Late Show" star.

    "You know everyone there," he told Colbert when he was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." "I mean, almost everyone there you've had on your show. And also, they know you host a show every night, so they don't want to be caught on camera yawning or doing something that you might see and punish them for later on."

    Although it's his first time hosting the Emmys, Colbert is no stranger to the awards. "The Late Show" has received three Emmy nominations in 2017, and Colbert has received more than 30 nominations over the course of his career, including nine wins for his work on Comedy Central's shows "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

    2. It will be a night of comedy. Besides having Colbert host the show, the Emmys are jam-packed with comedic nominations. "Saturday Night Live" is tied with HBO's "Westworld" for the most Emmy nominations this year; they each have a whopping 22.

    Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle already won for Outstanding Guest Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for their appearances on "SNL." They're both presenting, as well--so you know they'll bring the laughs. Alec Baldwin is also up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his impersonation of Donald Trump on "SNL," and there are three "SNL" ladies in the running for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer and Leslie Jones).

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    But we'll see who has the last laugh--they're all going up against some heavy hitters. Baldwin is facing off against "Modern Family's" Ty Burrell and the "SNL" trio are competing against "Veep's" Anna Chlumsky.

    There will also be a slew of funny presenters, including Seth Meyers, James Corden and Seth MacFarlane.

    3. The streaming companies will be in full force. Streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu are killing it this year in terms of nominations.

    According to Variety, Netflix is leading the pack with 91 nominations. Its hit show "Stranger Things" has 19 nominations and already won five Creative Arts Emmys. Could its winning streak continue? It's nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, and actors Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour and Shannon Purser are nominated in their respective categories. "Orange Is the New Black," "The Crown" and "House of Cards" are up for awards also.

    Hulu is next on the list with 18 nominations, per Variety's count, for its show "The Handmaid's Tale." Alexis Bledel already snagged the win for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her appearance on the show.

    Amazon rounds out the list with 16 nominations, the entertainment outlet writes, for "Catastrophe" and "Transparent." The late Carrie Fisher could actually win for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in "Catastrophe."

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    4. Don't expect any "Game of Thrones" wins. While fans are still coming off of their season seven high, they shouldn't expect Jon Snow or Daenerys to snag a statue. The HBO show wasn't eligible for the Emmys this year because it premiered July 16, 2017 and the eligibility period for Emmy entries was from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017.

    HBO is still in the lead for networks with the most nominations with 111, according to Variety.

    5. There will be some newbies in the group. While some celebrities are going for their second or third Emmy (or sixth consecutive win, if you're Julia Louis-Dreyfus), 43 are getting their first shot at winning.

    Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Michelle Pfeiffer and "Stranger Things'" Brown are just some of the 2017 rookies. Brown is also the youngest individual acting nominee this year at age 13.