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Jim Parsons, Jane Lynch and Eric Stonestreet get chance for an Emmy repeat

Jim Parsons accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on "The Big Bang Theory" during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 29, 2010, in Los Angeles. AP

(CBS) Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory," Jane Lynch of "Glee" and Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" are among the actors who could take home back-to-back Emmys.

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Parsons, who won for leading actor in a comedy last year, was among those receiving Emmy nominations for the same role this year. But in this year's race, he faces competition from co-star Johnny Galecki.

Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" also has a chance to collect back-to-back statuettes for best supporting actor in a comedy.

Last year's other comedy winners Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie" and Jane Lynch of "Glee" also have a chance to repeat their wins. To make things even more interesting, Lynch is the host of this year's Emmy telecast, airing Sept. 18 on Fox.

Falco, meanwhile, has four Emmys on her mantel, having previously won twice for her role as a mob wife on "The Sopranos."

Last year, the women's categories for drama were dominated by "The Good Wife" stars - Julianna Margulies for lead actress and Archie Panjabi for supporting actress. Both are nominated again. Panjabi also will face off this year with co-star Christine Baranski.

Octogenarian Betty White also has a chance at a repeat Emmy, but not for the same role. Last year, she won for her guest turn on "Saturday Night Live," but this year, she is nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series - for "Hot in Cleveland."

Among the shows, "Modern Family, which took home its first outstanding comedy Emmy in its freshman season last year, has been nominated again.

So has last year's outstanding drama winner, "Mad Men." If it takes home the Emmy on Sept. 18, this will be the fourth consecut6ive win for the AMC drama.