CTCS-467: Television Symposium

August 21, 2017 - December 11, 2017, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Bryan Singer Division of Cinema and Media Studies Invites ALL USC Students of ANY MAJOR to Enroll in the Fall 2017 Course:

CTCS-467: Television Symposium



Taught by Professor Mary McNamara
Pulitzer Prize-winning Television Critic and Cultural Editor for The Los Angeles Times

Monday nights from 7-10pm

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


This Fall 2017 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-467: Television Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with the leading television writers, producers, directors and actors working today. Each week, students watch contemporary television programming selected from the best shows on the air, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the creative team behind the show. The class is taught by MARY MCNAMARA, Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times and meets every Monday night from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. in the Ray Stark Family Theatre at the School of Cinematic Arts Complex.

Former guests include: Conan O'Brien (Conan), David Simon (The Wire, Show Me a Hero), David Benioff & DB Weiss (Game of Thrones), Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Terry O'Quinn & Michael Giacchino (Lost), Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Alex Buono (Documentary Now!), Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Jenna Bans (The Family), Bob Greenblatt (NBC), Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy, Vincent Kartheiser & Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Ted Sarandos (Netflix), Jonathan Groff (Black-ish), Garry Shandling (Larry Sanders Show), Henrik Bastin, Titus Welliver & Lance Reddick (Bosch), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!), Vince Gilligan & Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Jenji Kohan (Weeds), Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Kelsey Grammer (Boss), Dan Harmon (Community), Alan Ball (True Blood), Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy), Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue), Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Mike White & Laura Dern (Enlightened), Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect), Tommy Schlamme & Matthew Perry (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Ken Burns, Donald Sutherland (Dirty Sexy Money), Tracey Ullman (Tracey Takes On...), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Diablo Cody (The United States of Tara), David Shore (House), and Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond).


About Professor Mary McNamara

Mary McNamara is a Pulitzer-prize winning television critic and cultural editor for the Los Angeles Times, where she has worked since 1990. Previously she was an editor at Ms. Magazine and for Whittle Communications. In her 26 years at The Times, McNamara has worked as an assigning editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a feature writer for Life & Style and a reporter and columnist for Calendar. She covered the film industry for four years before becoming a television critic ten years ago. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for criticism in 2013 and 2014 before winning in 2015. She has won numerous other awards for her work as a feature writer and critic. McNamara is also the author of the Hollywood mysteries Oscar Season and The Starlet, both published by Simon & Schuster. A native of Maryland, she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and women’s studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, two dogs, one hamster and a very large bottle of Advil.

Contact Information

Name: Christine Acham
Email: cacham@cinema.usc.edu