Knoxville-area talent may be walking away with trophies at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards tonight.
Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway on "Mad Men," is a Knoxville native who is in the outstanding supporting actress (drama) category. She has been nominated twice before and hasn't won.
Hendricks has had juicy material making her worthy of the nomination. Joan agreed to give herself to a client in order to win his business. She also had to adjust to life as a single mother, which is especially difficult with the stigma attached to it in the 1960s, in which "Mad Men" is set.
Also up for the honor are Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"; Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"; Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"; Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"; and Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife."
Former News Sentinel reporter Ryan Murphy is named for producing "American Horror Story," the FX horror drama. As the producer and writer of the series, he would share in the win if "Story" wins best miniseries competition.
Other miniseries nominated include "Game Change" (HBO), "Hatfields & McCoys" (History), "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO), "Luther" (BBC America) and "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" (PBS).
"Story" is one of the most nominated programs at this year's Emmys. The odds of winning the outstanding miniseries category look good to many observers.
Murphy has previously been in the running when "Glee" was nominated in the best comedy category.
Shut out this year is CBS's "The Good Wife," which is usually an Emmy darling. Matt Czuchry of Johnson City is in the cast.
Also nixed was HBO's "True Blood," which co-starred Knoxville native Dale Dickey this season.
The 64th annual Primetime Emmys will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today on WATE, Channel 6. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting.
Major nominees include "Downton Abbey" and "American Horror Story."
Outstanding comedy series nominees include "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO), "Girls" (HBO), "Modern Family" (ABC), "30 Rock" (NBC) and "Veep" (HBO).
University of Tennessee graduate Paula Pell would share in the Emmy if "30 Rock" wins. She's a writer for the Tina Fey series.
Bristol, Tenn., native Joe Lawson would share the win if "Modern Family" takes home the comedy prize. He's a writer on the show.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com.
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