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Columbia native in 'total shock' after Emmy nomination

Columbia native in 'total shock' after Emmy nomination

Jason Odell Williams doesn't yet know if he'll attend the 65th Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 or even for sure if he'll receive his own golden statuette.

When the Columbia native got a text message July 18 from an executive producer of National Geographic Channel's popular "Brain Games" TV series that read simply, "Congratulations on your Emmy nomination," he thought it was a practical joke.

After all, he wasn't even aware the show had submitted his name for consideration as a writer-producer in the informational series or special category. "Brain Games" will compete against such host-driven shows as Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown," Oprah...