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Emmy Contenders: Join Louis Gossett Jr. of 'Book of Negroes' on Thursday

Lou Gossett Jr. will be stopping by the Los Angeles Times' studio on Thursday at 11 a.m. Pacific time to discuss "The Book of Negroes," BET's ambitious six-part miniseries that follows a West African woman's long search for freedom after she is sold into slavery around the time of the American Revolution.

Gossett memorably plays Daddy Moses, a blind Methodist preacher who is introduced in the series' fifth episode and immediately makes a big impression. The character is based on Moses Wilkinson, who established the first Methodist church in Settler Town, Sierra Leone.

Reviewing the miniseries in February, L.A. Times television critic Robert Lloyd praised it for its ability to "catch the ordinariness even in the awfulness -- the creepy dailiness of the business of slavery, and the capability of those who profit from it to regard themselves as just and even tender people."

Gossett, who memorably played Fiddler in "Roots," believes "The Book of Negroes" to be even better than that celebrated...

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Emmy contenders: Maura Tierney dishes on 'The Affair'

Showtime's marital drama "The Affair" ended its first season five months ago and we haven't stopped stewing over many of the questions its finale left unanswered. Did Noah murder Scotty Lockhart? How on Earth does Noah leave his family, moments after they've been held at gunpoint, for his lover, Alison? And really ... that's the final straw for Noah's long-suffering wife, Helen, right?

Fortunately, Maura Tierney dropped by The Times' studio recently to help us sort through these questions and discuss what's going on with her character, Helen, as the show gets back to the future in the upcoming second season.

The good news: Season 2 will give us events from Helen's perspective, though perhaps not in the way Tierney imagines.

"I made a joke that when we go to Helen's POV, everyone's giant, weird puppets like Mummenschanz, like Helen's insane," Tierney said. "But they're not going to do that, no."

Tierney talked about the why couples seem incapable of watching "The Affair" together, the ways...

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Emmy contender: 'Orange's' Lorraine Toussaint on playing the 'psycho' Vee

Lorraine Toussaint's ignorance about her "Orange Is the New Black" character turned out to be a blissful thing.

The veteran actress played Yvonne "Vee" Parker, a character introduced in the Netflix drama's second season.

Vee is someone who is fearless in her ruthlessness. In the span of the season, she drove a wedge between Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and Poussey (Samira Wiley), manipulated her way into gaining the trust of Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) -- only to turn her back on her -- and nearly killed Red (Kate Mulgrew) with a lock in the sock smackdown.

It's a trajectory that Toussaint didn't have an inkling would be ahead of her until her first day on set.

"If I had known half of what Vee eventually ended up doing, I probably would have thought that I couldn't do it," Toussaint said when she stopped by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday for a live-streaming chat.

She continued: "I would have thought that I couldn't do it, spiritually, psychologically, karmically. I wouldn't want to have seen...

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Emmy contenders chat: Join 'The Affair's' Maura Tierney on Wednesday

Showtime's marital drama "The Affair" ended its first season five months ago and we haven't stopped stewing over many of the questions its finale left unanswered. Did Noah murder Scotty Lockhart? How on earth does Noah leave his family, moments after they've been held at gunpoint, for his lover, Alison? And really ... that's the final straw for Noah's long-suffering wife, Helen, right?

Fortunately, we have Maura Tierney coming into The Times' studio on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT to help us sort through these questions and discuss what's going on with her character, Helen, as the show gets back to the future in the upcoming second season.

Far be it for us to pass judgment (never!), but there were times during "The Affair's" first 10 episodes when we were thoroughly convinced that Helen was the show's only sane character. Except when she took back Noah. But even that we could understand as you don't just throw away a long-standing marriage that has produced four children -- unless you're Noah....

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Emmy Contenders: 'SOA's' Theo Rossi on head tattoos, naked push-ups

Theo Rossi, who played the emotionally troubled "Juice" on FX's "Sons of Anarchy," dropped by the Los Angeles Times' television studio recently and talked about the legacy of the violent biker drama, his roller-coaster story arc and what it's like to do naked push-ups on camera.

"The show started off as a family and ended as a family," Rossi said as he discussed working on the series, which ended last year after seven seasons. "We started out as the little show that could. Nobody knew who we were, and then there were little babies wearing onesies with the Reaper," he said of the motorcycle gang's symbol.

Other distinctive elements were the tattoos on Juice's closely shaved scalp. Rossi said fans of the show are often surprised when they see him on the street and discover that his head is tattoo-free.

Rossi said he felt lucky to play such a layered, complex character: "I got to experience every single emotion in every single character in one season. Every season there was a different emotional...

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Emmy Contenders: Wendi McLendon-Covey talks about her take on the sitcom mom

June Cleaver. Carol Brady. Beverly Goldberg?

Wendi McLendon-Covey, who stars as the overbearing mother on the '80s-set ABC family comedy "The Goldbergs," isn't sure that you can measure her larger-than-life character against sitcom moms of yore.

McLendon-Covey inhabits the role of Beverly Goldberg, who is based on show creator Adam F. Goldberg’s own mother, in all her big hair, shoulder-pad glory. When the actress stopped by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday to discuss her role, she talked about not quite fitting in with her TV mom counterparts.

“When you say sitcom mom, I immediately go to Carol Brady or June Cleaver or Roseanne or Mrs. Cunningham,” said McLendon-Covey, whose onscreen husband is played by Jeff Garlin. “And my character, Beverly Goldberg, is so much more obnoxious than that. I’m not a mom in real life, so it’s fun to play one. I absolutely feel like I’m getting a glimpse into my mother’s world when I was growing up in the '80s and what she has to deal with.”

A pause.

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