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Mary McNamara

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Mary McNamara is a television critic for the Los Angeles Times. A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2015 and finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014, she has won various awards for criticism and feature writing. She is the author of the Hollywood mysteries “Oscar Season” and “The Starlet.” She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, three children, two dogs and a hamster.

Recent Articles

  • Farewell to David Letterman, 'a force of nature'

    Farewell to David Letterman, 'a force of nature'

    A colleague came by my desk a couple of weeks ago to discuss the unexpected sorrow he felt while watching the final weeks of "Late Night With David Letterman." "I am surprised at how much it means to me," he said. I nodded sympathetically, but a lot was going on. Bruce Jenner had just come out...

  • There's no growing old in the YA thriller 'Between'

    There's no growing old in the YA thriller 'Between'

    It's odd that Netflix should choose the Canadian YA thriller "Between" as its first episodic series. The television-viewing public, already groaning beneath the weight of its DVR queues, may, indeed, be questioning the Netflix full-season dump. Honestly, how many of us are prepared to binge-watch...

  • Emmy Contenders: Tracee Ellis Ross on the pressure, fun of 'black-ish'

    Emmy Contenders: Tracee Ellis Ross on the pressure, fun of 'black-ish'

    ABC's "black-ish" got our attention with its hilariously frank take on race, but it kept and grew its audience by reflecting the comedically insightful antics of a two-profession couple. And no working mom is hipper, smarter and crazier than Tracee Ross Ellis' Dr. Rainbow Johnson, one of TV's truly...

  • Emmy chat: Join Tracee Ellis Ross of 'black-ish' Monday at 2 p.m. PDT

    Emmy chat: Join Tracee Ellis Ross of 'black-ish' Monday at 2 p.m. PDT

    ABC's "black-ish" got our attention with its hilariously frank take on race, but it kept and grew its audience by reflecting the comedically insightful antics of a two-profession couple. And no working mom is hipper, smarter and crazier than Tracee Ross Ellis' Dr. Rainbow Johnson, one of TV's truly...

  • Tom Brokaw shares the facts of his cancer in 'Lucky Life'

    Tom Brokaw shares the facts of his cancer in 'Lucky Life'

    Tom Brokaw is an icon of American television. A pillar of the NBC news division for decades, he is among the last of his kind — the paterfamilias news anchor whose name, face and voice instantly lends credibility to any circumstance. It's a role Brokaw earned by decades of tireless reporting that...

  • TV Picks: 'Wayward Pines,' 'Mad Men' finale, Letterman

    TV Picks: 'Wayward Pines,' 'Mad Men' finale, Letterman

    “Wayward Pines”--In Fox’s tale of a spooky town nestled in a spookier forest, Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) is a Secret Service agent heading toward Wayward Pines, Idaho in search of two missing colleagues, one of whom happens to be his former partner, Kate (Carla Gugion), with whom he had an affair....

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