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Raleigh and Durham are well represented in 2018 Emmy Award nominations

Amy Sedaris stars in “At Home with Amy Sedaris” on truTV.
Amy Sedaris stars in “At Home with Amy Sedaris” on truTV. truTV

The 2018 Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, and once again, artists from Raleigh and Durham were on the list of nominees: Amy Sedaris, Evan Rachel Wood and The Duffer Brothers.

This year’s nomination is the first for Sedaris, whose hilarious, spoofy sketch comedy series “At Home with Amy Sedaris” premiered last year on truTV. “At Home with Amy Sedaris” is nominated in the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category.

The show contains constant references to the “Research Triangle” and was inspired by a show Sedaris watched growing up in Raleigh: “At Home with Peggy Mann,” a locally produced homemaker show that aired on WTVD from 1954 to 1980.

“At Home with Amy Sedaris” has been renewed for a second season on truTV. At this year’s Emmy show, it’ll be up against “Drunk History” (Comedy Central), “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu), “Portlandia” (IFC), “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) and “Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO).

Sedaris is the sister of author David Sedaris.

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Evan Rachel Wood in Season 2 of “Westworld” on HBO. HBO

Evan Rachel Wood, an Emmy favorite

Raleigh native Wood was nominated for the second year in a row in the Best Actress in a Drama category for her role in HBO’s “Westworld.” Wood plays Dolores on the show, an artificially intelligent “host” programmed to be a sort of damsel in distress for guests at the Abernathy ranch.

Wood’s competition in the category is formidable: Clarie Foy from “The Crown” (Netflix), Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black” (BBC America), Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve” (BBC America) and Keri Russell for “The Americans” (FX).

Wood also received Best Actress Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 2017 for her role on “Westworld.” In 2011, she was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce” and got a Golden Globe nomination in 2004 for her starring role in the motion picture “Thirteen.”

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From left: Noah Schnapp, FInn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin star in “Stranger Things 2.” Courtesy Netflix

The Duffer Brothers from Durham

From Durham, The Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross) are again nominated for the second season of their Netflix series “Stranger Things.” The show, which the brothers also write, is nominated in the Best Drama Series category. Matt and Ross, who grew up in Durham, were named nominees for three Emmy Awards in 2017.

The Duffer Brothers are known to drop Durham references in the series, including nods to Jordan Lake, Lake Eno, Cornwallis Road and much more. In an interview with The News & Observer last year, after the release of Season 2, Matt Duffer said the setting of the show (Hawkins, Indiana) is a combination of a lot of places, including Durham. The Durham Bulls are even hosting a “Stranger Things” night on Friday, where they’ll attempt to set a world record for the most people wearing sweatbands in one gathering.

This year’s Drama Series category also includes: “The Americans” (FX), “The Crown” (Netflix), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), “This Is Us” (NBC) and “Westworld” (HBO).

In addition to the nomination in the Best Drama Series category, the brothers are also named nominees in both the writing and directing categories for the “Chapter Nine: The Gate” episode.

Additionally, David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on “Stranger Things,” was once again nominated in the Supporting Actor category, and Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, was again nominated in the Supporting Actress category.

“Stranger Things,” which has 12 nominations total this year, has been renewed for a third season on Netflix.

See all of the Emmy nominations.

Watch the Emmy Awards

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards show will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 on NBC, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost.

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