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Emmy chat: Join 'Kimmy Schmidt's' Tituss Burgess on Monday

If you're not looking at a glass (or, if you're like us, a bottle) of Pinot noir a bit differently these days, you somehow missed Tituss Burgess' viral video sensation from the Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a giddy minute that found more ways to rhyme with the word "noir" than we thought possible. And we're old enough to remember this guy.

Burgess will be stopping by The Times on Monday at 2 p.m. PDT to talk about his breakthrough role on "Kimmy," a part that the show creators ("30 Rock" vets Tina Fey and Robert Carlock) wrote specifically for him -- without his knowledge. Talk about a happy surprise. That didn't mean Burgess didn't have to audition even though the character was named after him and inspired by him and specifically tailored to his talents. But that's show business. Burgess crushed it and won the part.

In addition to all of that, we'll try to pin him down on the number of times he actually auditioned for "The Lion King" on Broadway, how he's negotiating his...

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Gina Rodriguez staying grounded despite 'Jane's' success

The night she won the Golden Globe for her warm, funny and versatile work as the kindhearted title character in the CW comedy "Jane the Virgin," Gina Rodriguez brought her whole family — Mom and Dad, her two older sisters and their husbands — to the celebrity-filled InStyle after-party at the Beverly Hilton. They hung out for about an hour, people watching, but Rodriguez mostly sat with her parents while her sisters Iveliss and Rebecca tracked down Channing Tatum for a selfie.

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Once that mission was accomplished, Rodriguez and her parents headed back to her one-bedroom Santa Monica apartment, where the 30-year-old actress made up her couch ("Of course, my mom and dad get dibs on the bed") and conked out early. She had to be on set at 5 a.m. the next day.

"The reason I got the Golden Globe was because of my job, so I needed to make sure I wasn't a hot mess the next day," Rodriguez says. "Yes, they probably would have cut me a little slack, but I didn't want to disappoint."


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A look at the new Emmy rules and what they might change

Last year's Emmy season started off confusing ("Orange Is the New Black" is a comedy? Really?) and ended up wholly predictable, with no new winners in the drama and comedy series and acting categories, and "Modern Family" taking the comedy trophy for the fifth year running. And while television academy voters have never really been known for their impulsive choices (Again with the "ER"?), the rubber-stamping of the past seems at odds with the sheer volume of great choices available every year.

Put it another way: If we are indeed living in yet another Golden Age of television, shouldn't somebody besides Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons win an Emmy?


The television academy's board of governors seems to think so, changing several rules in recent months that might make this year's Emmys a bit more interesting. "I think we'll know fairly quickly if these have an impact on the process," says television academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum.

At the very least, the revisions...

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Unlike Oscars, 2015 Emmys have diverse shows, actors to recognize

While the Oscars were largely a dry white straight male season, the Emmys are shaping up to be anything but, with acclaimed shows starring women, people of color and characters of various sexual and/or gender orientations. The list of newcomers breaking some rare ground is impressive: "Jane the Virgin," "The Nightly Show," "black-ish," "Empire," "Fresh Off the Boat," "How to Get Away With Murder," "Cristela" and "Transparent."

They join longer-running shows, including "Orange Is the New Black," "The Mindy Project," "Being Mary Jane," "Power," "Scandal" and "Looking," in giving the audience characters and stories from communities that were previously all but invisible on television.

One of the champions of the "normalizing" of TV — the term she prefers over "diversity" — is Shonda Rhimes. Her three ABC shows do so, starting with colorblind casting for "Grey's Anatomy." "Scandal" was the first network drama in 30 years to star a black woman. The newest Shondaland entry, "How to Get Away...

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'Mad Men' stars remember biggest bombshells hurled at them on series

This month, "Mad Men" made its exit, to the dismay of fans everywhere. As the satirical Twitter account ‏@LosFelizDayCare put it in March, "A lot of the children are afraid and asking but the truth is we don't know what life looks like after 'Mad Men.'"

If we can't look forward to more from the series about 1960s admen (and women) and their lives, at least we can look back. From the first episode, the show gave us dramatic, outrageous and stunning scenes that burned into viewers' consciousness — the runaway lawn mower, Betty Draper shooting the bird, the hanging suicides (Lane Pryce and Don's brother Adam), Mrs. Blankenship, Peggy's surprise baby.

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Every twist was unexpected, and yet the turns never felt like a soap opera. Instead, the series delivered a weekly commentary on the cultural shifts in American society.

Here, cast members recall the biggest bombshells hurled at them, with series creator Matthew Weiner weighing in.

Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris)


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Dynamic duos on 'Downton Abbey,' 'Gotham' and 'Game of Thrones'

They've never been lovers. They're definitely not cop buddies. And they're not really related. But some TV twosomes are more than the sum of their parts. They may have been thrown together by writers unsure what else to do with their quirky characters, by circumstance of age or even worldview. But a good platonic pairing can pop from the screen faster than even the most sizzling of romantic couples. Here are three of the most electric duos we've spied lately on TV, twosomes whose intimacy is on a whole different level than their counterparts but who leave us wanting more — like their own spinoff series!


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Dowager Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) and Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton)

Two of a kind: Two of the most elder stateswomen of Downton, the dowager and Isobel started off sniping at one another over class differences (Violet was, after all, the dowager and Isobel just the middle-class mother of the newly discovered Grantham...

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