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CTCS-467: Television Symposium

August 26, 2019 - December 9, 2019, 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 Division of Cinema & Media Studies
Invites ALL USC Students of ANY MAJOR to
Enroll in the Fall 2019 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

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This Fall 2019 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.

Past guests to Television Symposium include: Matt & Ross Duffer (Stranger Things), Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive (Glow), Ron Moore (Outlander), Mike Schur (The Good Place), 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), Bridget Carpenter (11.22.63), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy, Vincent Kartheiser & Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kenya Barris (Black-ish), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad!), Vince Gilligan & Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Jenji Kohan (Weeds), Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Kelsey Grammer (Boss), Dan Harmon (Community), Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy), Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect), Tracey Ullman (Tracey Takes On...), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).


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.

Matt and Ross Duffer discuss Stranger Things 2 with Mary McNamara and her class.
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