Route to Emmy glory ran through Chicago for Strong, Bros­na­han, Carell

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - BY DAREL JEVENS, STAFF REPORTER djevens@suntimes.com | @dj­jevens

First-time nom­i­nee Ce­cily Strong and peren­nial brides­maid Steve Carell are among the Chicago-trained ac­tors in the run­ning for Prime­time Emmy Awards.

In keep­ing with the city’s rep­u­ta­tion as a launch­ing pad for funny folks, most of the nom­i­nees with lo­cal roots are in the com­edy cat­e­gories. Strong, who grew up in Oak Park and per­formed at Sec­ond City and iO, is com­pet­ing against her “Satur­day Night Live” cast­mate Kate McKinnon in the com­edy se­ries sup­port­ing ac­tress cat­e­gory.

Carell, nom­i­nated eight times for his work on “The Of­fice” but never a win­ner, this year is com­pet­ing as a dra­matic ac­tor for “The Morn­ing Show” on Ap­ple TV+.

His for­mer Sec­ond City cast­mate Stephen Col­bert is nom­i­nated as a writer for his “Late Show,” which is in the run­ning for best va­ri­ety talk se­ries.

Two Emmy-win­ning stars of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” from Chicago’s sub­urbs kept up their streak of nom­i­na­tions: High­land Park High grad

Rachel Bros­na­han again is up for lead ac­tress in a com­edy se­ries, and Deer­field’s Alex Borstein again is in the sup­port­ing ac­tress chase.

Sec­ond City alum Fred Wil­lard, who died in May, is nom­i­nated posthu­mously for his guest ap­pear­ances as Frank Dun­phy on “Modern Fam­ily” — a decade after his ear­lier nom­i­na­tion for the role — and St. Ig­natius Col­lege Prep grad John Mu­laney won nods for writ­ing on his Net­flix spe­cial “John Mu­laney & the Sack Lunch Bunch” and for the show it­self.

For­mer Chicago the­ater ac­tors Amy Poehler and Nick Of­fer­man are nom­i­nated as a team in the re­al­ity show host­ing cat­e­gory for fronting NBC’s “Mak­ing It.”

HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” cre­ated by and star­ring North­west­ern and Sec­ond City alum Robin Thede, is up for three Em­mys for its first sea­son, in­clud­ing best va­ri­ety sketch show.

And while they aren’t ac­tu­ally nom­i­nated, Michael Jor­dan and the the 1990s Bulls were the draw for “The Last Dance,” the do­cuseries nom­i­nated in three cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing out­stand­ing non-fic­tion pro­gram.

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Ce­cily Strong on “Satur­day Night Live.”

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