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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

  • The hug that will go down in history

    The hug that will go down in history

    On Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton spent more than 40 minutes, and covered four decades, attempting to humanize his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A day later, President Obama did it in three seconds, with a hug that will go down in history. Addressing the Democratic...

  • Back stories and mannerisms help Tatiana Maslany keep her many characters clearly defined

    Back stories and mannerisms help Tatiana Maslany keep her many characters clearly defined

    For four seasons of the BBC America hit “Orphan Black,” Tatiana Maslany had done the seemingly impossible: Play an ever-expanding cast of clones to disparate and desperate perfection. Raised separately and long unaware of each other, each woman — up to 12 at this point — may bear an essential similarity...

  • Republican convention notes from The Times' TV critic

    Republican convention notes from The Times' TV critic

    Hillary Clinton selects Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate July 22, 2016, 7:25 p.m. • Hillary Clinton picks Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her No. 2• How did people respond to Donald Trump's convention? Watch our daily tracking poll• Watch and read Trump's full speech, annotated by usAnd sign...

  • Trump's hop-scotching speech offers the perfect end to a bizarre race

    Trump's hop-scotching speech offers the perfect end to a bizarre race

    “The system is rigged; Bernie Sanders never had a chance.” No, that wasn’t a Bernie bro protesting outside the Democratic National Convention, it was Donald Trump finally officially accepting his party’s nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention. Veering from chant-prompting...

  • Second night of RNC is suffused with anti-Clinton message

    Second night of RNC is suffused with anti-Clinton message

    Republican National Convention 2016 Days 1 through 3 July 20, 2016, 2:46 p.m. What to know about the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which is in its third day:• The party's deep fractures were on display Wednesday tonight: Among other incidents, Ted Cruz told delegates to "vote your...

  • Stephen Colbert revives ‘Stephen Colbert’ just in time to reenergize ‘The Late Show’

    Stephen Colbert revives ‘Stephen Colbert’ just in time to reenergize ‘The Late Show’

    The wild applause, the ecstatic whoops, the joyful crowd stomping and chanting a single name — it was exactly what you’d expect from the Republican National Convention. Except the chanted name did not belong to a Republican and this crowd was miles away from Cleveland. Yet of all the men and women...

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