Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY

Kelly Lawler

USA TODAY

Washington, DC, United States

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  • The Tennessean
  • Tallahassee Democrat
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  • Enquirer
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  • DelmarvaNow!
  • Rochester D and C
  • The Asbury Park Press NJ
  • Knoxville News Sentinel
  • The Courier-Journal
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Recent articles by Kelly:

Review: HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ wants to end racism, but it’s better at telling superhero stories

HBO's new take on the classic "Watchmen" comics, starring Regina King, is bold and ambitious but falters when making larger statements about race. → Read More

The most ridiculous moments from Lifetime's 'College Admissions Scandal' movie

From Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman parallels to the silly dialogue, here are the best moments from Lifetime's "College Admissions Scandal" film. → Read More

How 'Riverdale' says goodbye to Fred Andrews (and Luke Perry)

"Riverdale" addressed the death of star Luke Perry with a tribute episode in which his character, Fred Andrews, died and is mourned and remembered. → Read More

Luke Perry tribute on 'Riverdale' was 'Very, very hard and emotional,' Shannen Doherty says

Luke Perry's friend and former xco-star Shannen Doherty talks about joining an episode of "Riverdale" to pay tribute to the actor, who died in March. → Read More

Review: Chuck Lorre's sweet 'Bob Hearts Abishola' is on the cusp of greatness

Chuck Lorre, creator of "The Big Bang Theory," has a sweet, subtle new comedy this fall on CBS, "Bob Hearts Abishola." It may just surprise you. → Read More

The best TV shows and movies to stream in October 2019

From "Schitt's Creek" to "Moulin Rouge!" to "Charlie's Angels," Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO have great offerings in October. → Read More

The terrible new season of 'The Great British Baking Show' has chosen style over substance

From surprise eliminations to bad bakers and judging favoritism, this season of "The Great British Baking Show" is shaping up to be the worst ever. → Read More

Tiffany Haddish on 'Kids Say the Darndest Things,' getting bat mitzvahed and her Yankees crush

Tiffany Haddish is hosting ABC's revived "Kids Say the Darndest Things," amidst crushing on a Yankee and studying Hebrew for her own bat mitzvah. → Read More

Fox's 'Almost Family' is a drama disaster that makes light of a heinous crime

Fox's "Almost Family" is trying to be a quirky family drama, but its origin as a disgusting crime makes the series unwatchable. → Read More

'This Is Us' recap: Back to the 'Pool,' and back to bad habits

Spoiler alert! The Pearsons go back to the pool in the past and deal with a move to Philadelphia and Baby Jack's blindness in the present. → Read More

How 'The Rookie' writes off Afton Williamson's character

ABC's Nathan Fillion-starring cop drama "The Rookie" moved on in Season 2 after actress Afton WIlliamson left, alleging widespread harassment. → Read More

Emmys 2019: Our take, from those amazing 'Fleabag' wins to why we missed a host

From the winners to the losers to the lack of host, USA TODAY's TV Critic breaks down the best, the worst and the boring at the 2019 Emmy Awards. → Read More

Who will (and who should) win at the 2019 Emmy Awards

We all know "Game of Thrones" will walk away victorious at the 2019 Emmys, but who else will win on TV's biggest night? And who really deserves to? → Read More

The best TV shows and movies to stream in September 2019

From "The Lord of the Rings" to to "The Matrix" to "American Horror Story: Apocalypse," Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have great offerings in September. → Read More

The 10 best new shows coming to TV this fall, from 'The Politician' to (yes) 'High School Musical'

From a "High School Musical" series to Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series "The Politician," this fall is packed with new TV worth your time. → Read More

We love you, Toto! The 10 best movie dogs of all time

In honor of the 80th anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz' (and National Dog Day), we rank our favorite movie canines, from Toto to Lassie. → Read More

The 5 best Robin Williams movies to remember him by

From "Good Morning, Vietnam" to "Good Will Hunting," we pick our favorite Robin Williams movies to watch, five years after the comedian's death. → Read More

'BH 90210' recap: Welcome to the surreal world

Spoiler alert! Fox's wild, meta sort of reboot of "Beverly Hills, 90210" kicks off and it's not as much of at train wreck as you might expect. → Read More

How PBS adaptation of Jane Austen's unfinished novel 'Sanditon' introduces the author's first black character

PBS's new drama "Sanditon," based on Jane Austen's unfinished novel, introduces Austen's first black character. → Read More

Review: Hulu's 'Veronica Mars' is the best TV revival in years

With smart evolution and commitment to neo-noir detective stories, Hulu's season of "Veronica Mars" is far superior to revivals like "Gilmore Girls." → Read More