Chris Barton

Writer

Chris Barton writes about TV, music and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the newsroom in 2000 his roles have included time as senior web producer and deputy music editor. He serves as The Times' jazz critic as well as the occasionally cranky voice behind the weekly column Overrated/Underrated. He was born in Boston, studied in the Bay Area and briefly dabbled in stand-up comedy before coming to his senses.

Recent Articles

  • HBO announces 'Westworld' will finally air this fall

    HBO announces 'Westworld' will finally air this fall

    Almost a year after releasing a buzzed-about trailer, HBO has finally given something of a premiere date for its new series "Westworld," its adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie. With a statement offering little information beyond the promise of a 10-episode season set in "a world in which...

  • Billy Ray Cyrus looks for a reinvention as a fallen Elvis impersonator on CMT

    Billy Ray Cyrus looks for a reinvention as a fallen Elvis impersonator on CMT

    Unless you were the right age for Miley Cyrus's hit Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana” in the '00s, the name Billy Ray Cyrus conjures memories of his omnipresent ‘90s pop-country hit “Achy Breaky Heart” and a business-in-front, party-in-the-back hairdo long since relegated to theme parties....

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