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Chris Barton

Chris Barton writes about TV, music and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the newsroomin 2000 his roles have included time as senior web producer and deputy music editor. Heserves 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.
Overrated/Underrated: In praise of Janet on ‘The Good Place,’ and fine, the Oscars shouldn't have a host—or a show

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes Neneh Cherry's latest musical left turn, so many Janets on 'The Good Place,' another PewDiePie neo-Nazi "accident" — and as for the Oscars, let's just cancel the host. And the show.

#SAGsPrettyWhite? Screen Actors Guild contenders fall short on diversity

The SAG Awards nominees on the surface break with Hollywood awards show tradition in recognizing a diverse cast of players. But there is room for improvement.

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