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

  • FX renews new comedies 'Atlanta' and 'Better Things' for second seasons

    FX renews new comedies 'Atlanta' and 'Better Things' for second seasons

    After enjoying a big night at Sunday’s Emmys Awards, FX announced second-season renewals for its two new half-hour comedies, “Atlanta” and “Better Things.” Created by writer and one-time “Community” star Donald Glover, “Atlanta” follows two cousins trying to make it in the city’s hip-hop scene....

  • Actor James Stacy, star of 1960s Western 'Lancer,' dies

    Actor James Stacy, star of 1960s Western 'Lancer,' dies

    Actor James Stacy, best known for portraying the title role in the late 1960s Western TV series “Lancer,” has died in Ventura. He was 79 years old. The actor died Sept. 9 from an allergic reaction to medication, Variety reported. Born Maurice W. Elias in Los Angeles, Stacy worked steadily in television...

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