5 suburban ties to Thursday's Emmy nominations

 
By Lisa Friedman Miner
lminer@dailyherald.com
Posted7/12/2018 12:37 PM
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  • Former Highland Park residents Alex Borstein, left, and Rachel Brosnahan both received Emmy nods for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

    Former Highland Park residents Alex Borstein, left, and Rachel Brosnahan both received Emmy nods for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." Courtesy of Amazon

Thursday's Emmy Award nominations included lots of names with ties to the suburbs.

No, frequent nominee Bob Odenkirk wasn't among them: The former Naperville resident's show, "Better Call Saul," was ineligible this year because of debut dates.

And Glen Ellyn's Sean Hayes didn't get a nod for "Will & Grace," even though his supporting role earned him previous nominations and a 2000 win.

Here's a look at five ways the area did figure into Thursday's nominations:

1. Jonathan Nolan's HBO drama "Westworld" racked up 21 nominations for its second season, tying for second for overall number of nominations with "Saturday Night Live." Nolan lived in both Barrington and Evanston as a kid.

Evan Rachel Wood's nomination contributed to the 21 total for HBO's "Westworld," created by former Barrington and Evanston resident Jonathan Nolan.
Evan Rachel Wood's nomination contributed to the 21 total for HBO's "Westworld," created by former Barrington and Evanston resident Jonathan Nolan. - Courtesy of HBO

2. Brian Stack, a St. Viator High School grad and a former resident of Palatine, earned his 17th Emmy nomination as part of the writing team for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." He won in 2007 while writing for Conan O'Brien.

3. Highland Park was home to at least three major nominees: D.B. Weiss, co-creator of the year's most-nominated show, HBO's "Game of Thrones," and a writing nominee himself; Rachel Brosnahan, nominated for lead actress in a comedy for Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; and Alex Borstein, nominated for best supporting actress for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and outstanding character voice-over performance for "Family Guy."

4. Laurie Metcalf, a Carbondale native and original Steppenwolf Theatre member, snagged a supporting actress in a comedy nomination for "Roseanne." The since-canceled show, to be retooled without its controversial star, was set in a fictional Illinois town based loosely on Elgin.

5. Jane Lynch earned double nods Thursday. A product of south suburban Dolton, the former "Glee" star was nominated for reality competition host for "Hollywood Game Night" and guest actress in a comedy for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

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