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This has been a huge year for TV performers and producers with roots in the Bay Area. Although we have no way of officially quantifying it, we’re pretty sure that, collectively, they’ve collected more Emmy Award nominations than ever before.

To celebrate their achievements, we’re spotlighting local nominees individually during the run-up to the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on ABC Sept.


Look for more capsule profiles in the coming days.

D’Arcy Carden

Bay Area connection: A Danville native and graduate of San Ramon Valley High School grad (Class of ’98). Performed in local productions with the Town Hall Theatre Company.

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Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role as Janet, the relentlessly cheery, not-quite-human personal assistant on NBC’s acclaimed afterlife comedy “The Good Place.”

The lowdown: After years of doing improv and sketch comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and scraping by with guest roles on shows like “Broad City,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Carden finally scored a major breakthrough in 2016 when she was hired for “The Good Place.” It was her first regular role a major network show and landed her in a cast that included big stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. When the show debuted, Janet appeared to be a relatively minor role, but Carden evolved her into a scene-stealing fan favorite. “The Good Place” ended its run in January.

A Heavenly experience: In an interview with the Bay Area News Group, Carden reflected on her time with the show. “(We had) this perfectly little magical cast and crew, and group of writers, and I think everyone is very aware of how lucky we had it,” she said. “So there’s this feeling that this was not just a show and not just a job. It’s something that really impacted our lives in a very positive way. … It’s like you just have no idea how good it can be until you experience it. And then you kind of don’t want to do anything less.”

There’s no crying in baseball: Carden has capitalized on her success with “The Good Place,” landing roles in other projects, including HBO’s Emmy-winning “Barry.” She will also be seen in Amazon Prime’s upcoming “A League of Their Own,” a series adaptation of the 1992 big-screen film about a 1940s-era women’s professional baseball team. “I play this character named Greta — very different from anything I’ve ever played before,” Carden recently told The A.V. Club. “I’m so excited for people to see this show. I can’t wait for people to see this cast. Everybody’s so unique and special. It was such an interesting experience to meet each other as baseball players, because we trained in baseball way before we started acting together. We were playing baseball for months before we shot anything, which was a really unique experience.”

Emmy trivia: This is Carden’s first nomination, although many fans and critics believe that she should have been nominated last year. Other nominees in her category are Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”), Marin Hinkle (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”), Yvonne Orji (“Saturday Night Live”) and Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”).

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Jennifer Aniston Almost Quit Acting 2 Years Ago

Actress Jennifer Aniston has contemplated quitting acting before.

Aniston opened up about the moment during iHeartRadio’s “SmartLess” podcast, according to an article published Tuesday by Yahoo! Entertainment.

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“I would have to say the last two years that has crossed my mind, which it never did before,” Aniston said.

Thinking she might quit acting came before she landed her role in “The Morning Show” for Apple TV+. Aniston said she contemplated quitting after she finished an “unprepared project” that “sucked the life out of [her.]” (RELATED: Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston’s Mansion Sells For $32.5 Million)

“I don’t know if this is what interests me,” Aniston remembered thinking.

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Aniston does have other passions though.

“Interior design, probably,” Aniston said when asked what she would do instead of acting. “I love it. It’s my happy place. It’s really a happy place for me.”

I would love that for Aniston if it was really going to make her happy, but at the same time I would really like her to not quit acting. She has put out some really great stuff recently, not to mention her infamous role as Rachel Green on “Friends.”

If Aniston continued to star in TV and movies, I would be so happy. However, I’d be willing to watch her succeed in something else as well.

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