Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Drama Actress Roundtable With Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson and More
All seven of THR's Emmy season roundtables will air on SundanceTV and stream at THR's website leading up to the Sept. 20 Primetime Emmys. They will air at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable, and at 8 a.m. PT on satellite systems nationwide.
"I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film," reveals Viola Davis of what appealed to her about the lead role in How to Get Away With Murder.
Emmy nominee Davis, 49, and five other top TV drama actresses — Lizzy Caplan, 32 (Masters of Sex); Emmy nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37 (The Honorable Woman); Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson, 44 (Empire); Emmy nominee Jessica Lange, 66 (American Horror Story: Freak Show); and Ruth Wilson, 33 (The Affair) — speak candidly about everything from race, sexism and aging in Hollywood to nudity and typecasting in THR's Drama Actress Roundtable.
Says Wilson of doing sex scenes: "There are assumptions that women are always the focus of titillation. And I wanted my contract to say: 'For every female orgasm, there had to be a male orgasm.'"
For the first time, you can watch the Roundtable discussion, debuting today on SundanceTV as part of the cable channel's new original nonfiction series, Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, produced in partnership with THR. And come back to THR.com on Monday for the full, uncensored discussion.
The series comprises 14 hourlong episodes, with the first episode — the Drama Actress Roundtable — premiering Sunday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on cable systems and at 8 a.m. PT on satellite systems nationwide (Dish channel 126 and DirecTV channels 557 [HD] and 1557 [SD]). New episodes will air every Sunday leading up to the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 20.
The first half of the season will present filmed Roundtable panels featuring Emmy nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about shows, including drama actors and actresses, comedy actors and actresses, creators and showrunners from both comedies and dramas, and reality show hosts and producers. Guests will discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories of the business that keep them coming back for more. The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.
The complete schedule for the first half of the season is as follows:
Sunday, Aug. 2: Drama Actress Roundtable
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex: Showtime)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder: ABC)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman: SundanceTV)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire: Fox)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: FX)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair: Showtime)
Sunday, Aug. 9: Drama Actor Roundtable
Timothy Hutton (American Crime: ABC)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul: AMC)
Clive Owen (The Knick: Cinemax)
David Oyelowo (Nightingale: NBC)
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers: HBO)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan: Showtime)
Sunday, Aug. 16: Comedy Actress Roundtable
Lena Dunham (Girls: HBO)
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Netflix)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live: NBC)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin: CW)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish: ABC)
Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer: Comedy Central)
Sunday, Aug. 23: Comedy Actor Roundtable
Fred Armisen (Portlandia: IFC)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies: Showtime)
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth: Fox)
Ricky Gervais (Derek: Netflix)
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley: HBO)
Jordan Peele (Key and Peele: Comedy Central)
Sunday, Aug. 30: Drama Showrunner Roundtable
Lee Daniels (Empire: Fox)
Alex Gansa (Homeland: Showtime)
Michelle King (The Good Wife: CBS)
Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers: HBO)
Sarah Treem (The Affair: Showtime)
Beau Willimon (House of Cards: Netflix)
Sunday, Sept. 6: Comedy Showrunner Roundtable
Kenya Barris (Black-ish: ABC)
Alec Berg (Silicon Valley: HBO)
Robert Carlock (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Netflix)
Jay Duplass (Togetherness: HBO)
Steven Levitan (Modern Family: ABC)
Jill Soloway (Transparent: Amazon)
Sunday, Sept. 13: Reality Roundtable
Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Voice)
Julie Chen (Big Brother)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol)
Craig Piligian (The Ultimate Fighter)
Bertram Van Munster (The Amazing Race)
The second half of the season will broadcast early next year in the run-up to the 2016 Academy Awards and feature interviews with Oscar-nominated directors, producers, actors, writers and more.
The Hollywood Reporter is well known for hosting influential and award-winning roundtable conversations with industry insiders; The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street — featuring the likes of Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill — won four staffers Emmy Awards.
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