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On tap for TCA: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Masters of Sex’ set visits, ‘Gotham’ screening

TV critics will get a rare press tour respite from the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday to visit the sets of Fox’s Golden Globe-winning cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Showtime’s critically lauded “Masters of Sex,” among other shows.

Set visit day is a chance to get out in the field and see where the magic happens. We’ll get the chance to talk to producers and stars, so if you have questions about either show shoot me an email at lrackl@suntimes.com or a tweet at @lorirackl and I’ll try to get them answered. (I’ll also try to tweet photos of the sets if that’s allowed; different shows and studios have different policies.)

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The ’50s-set “Masters of Sex” started its sophomore season Sunday with another top-shelf episode and a magnetic performance by Lizzy Caplan, whose turn as real-life sex researcher Virginia Johnson landed her in the highly competitive Emmy race this year for best lead actress in a drama series. Allison Janney and Beau Bridges also received nods for their impressive work in the show.

Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex." (Photo courtesy Showtime)

Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in “Masters of Sex.” (Photo courtesy Showtime)


Speaking of Emmys, Chicago native Andre Braugher is up for one for playing the stone-faced captain on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” whose set we’ll visit after a Q&A panel with the cast. (Send me those questions!)

We’ll get a sneak peek of the premiere of Fox’s upcoming Batman series, “Gotham,” before it’s shown at Comic Con later this month. We’re also dropping by the set of the soon-to-be-nationally-syndicated daytime talk show “The Real,” hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. (It had a trial run in a few markets — not Chicago — last year.)

The busy day includes a visit to the set of Lifetime’s new thriller “The Lottery,” a 10-episode series set in the future (2025), when a worldwide infertility epidemic threatens to wipe out mankind. One scientist (Marley Shelton) has figured out a way to fertilize 100 eggs but her discovery has put her in danger. The show debuts Sunday.

In case you missed the press tour action from Tuesday, here are my posts from ABC day:

Is “The Goldbergs” Jewish enough?
South suburban native Shonda Rhimes to host POTUS next week at her L.A. house
ABC’s new programming slate raises the bar when it comes to diversity on television