Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY

Kelly Lawler


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Recent articles by Kelly:

2018 in review: What worked (and what really didn't) in late night TV

In a year full of late night controversy, new late night shows and plenty of late night cancelations, we take a look back at the best and worst of the Jimmies, Colbert, Samantha Bee and all the rest. → Read More

The 5 best Jennifer Aniston TV shows and movies to watch in honor of Netflix's 'Dumplin'

From "Friends" to "Cake" to "Office Space," here are our favorite Jennifer Aniston performances to watch on film and TV, in honor of her new Netflix film, "Dumplin'." → Read More

USA TODAY's 25 best TV shows of 2018

From the beautiful final season of "The Americans" to "Atlanta" to "Doctor Who" to "Queer Eye," these are our picks for the 25 best TV shows of 2018. → Read More

Review: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' rides Emmy wins to a spitfire of a second season

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which won eight Emmys for its first season, returns for a second with just as much optimism, great stand-up and as many gorgeous costumes. → Read More

Tyra Banks' 'Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve' is the most bonkers movie of the year

'Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve,' the sequel to the cute kids TV movie from 2000, starts out hilariously bad and then becomes something way too weird to be OK. → Read More

5 TV shows and movies to binge-watch that are streaming in December

From 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' to 'All the President's Men,' we pick five great films and TV shows that are newly available on streaming this December that you must add to your queues. → Read More

Cult faves 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Angel' and 'Firefly' head to Facebook Watch, for free

Facebook announced that all episodes of Joss Whedon shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," its spin-off "Angel," and "Firefly" will be available for free on Facebook Watch. → Read More

Weekend Update: Why 'Saturday Night Live' has lost its Trump-bump glory

'Saturday Night Live' was on a ratings and critical high for more than a year after the 2016 election, but the show's reliance on Trump jokes and its series of controversies has turned the 44th season into a mess. → Read More

George R.R. Martin on Syfy's new 'Nightflyers': 'We'll have a lot more people to kill'

Even though he's still working on the sixth installment in the "Game of Thrones" book series, George R.R. Martin took time out of his busy life to talk about his new Syfy channel horror space series, "Nightflyers." → Read More

A 'Game of Thrones' cast reunion special is coming, but not where you'd expect

HBO confirmed that past and present "Game of Thrones" actors, including Ned Stark portrayer Sean Bean, reunited for a reunion special that will be available on a DVD box set in 2019. → Read More

Margaret Atwood reveals she is writing a 'Handmaid's Tale' sequel

Author Margaret Atwood is writing "The Testaments," a sequel to her iconic novel "The Handmaid's Tale," that is due to be published in September of 2019. → Read More

'This Is Us' recap: Secrets, lies and betrayals from the Pearsons in NBC series' fall finale

Spoiler alert! In the fall finale of "This Is Us," things go either really well or really poorly for the Pearson clan in the past, present and even the future. → Read More

'Dirty John,' and what makes a good podcast-turned-TV show

Bravo's new miniseries "Dirty John" is just the latest in a growing trend of TV shows based on podcasts. But there are some serious do's and don'ts when it comes to turning audio into great TV. → Read More

5 TV shows to binge-watch with your family over Thanksgiving weekend

Only certain kinds of TV shows are appropriate to watch with a mix of parents, grandparents, young cousins and weird uncles. From "The Great British Baking Show" to "The Goldbergs," here are five shows that will please everyone. → Read More

Review: AMC's 'The Little Drummer Girl' is a gorgeous spy thriller

AMC's latest adaptation of a book by renowned author John le Carre is "The Little Drummer Girl," a solid spy thriller that gets a little dicey when it wades into international relations. → Read More

The 5 best 'Harry Potter' movies to binge-watch before 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Whether you want to catch up on your wizarding facts before seeing "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" or just want to revisit Harry, Ron and Hermione, these 5 "Harry Potter" films are perfect to watch this weekend. → Read More

Why HBO's beautiful 'My Brilliant Friend' is in Italian, with subtitles

HBO's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's "My Brilliant Friend" stays true to its source material and is in Italian with subtitles. This is why the show wouldn't have worked in English. → Read More

Review: Ben Stiller directs a masterpiece in NY prison-break drama 'Escape at Dannemora'

Directed by Ben Stiller and starring Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano, Showtime's miniseries about the 2015 New York prison break is as harrowing, thrilling and surprising as the prison break itself. → Read More

'Game of Thrones' director David Nutter gives hints about Season 8 in Reddit AMA

While answering fan questions on Reddit Tuesday, longtime "Game of Thrones" director David Nutter gave away what little he could about the HBO fantasy's eighth and final season. → Read More

'This Is Us' recap: Everybody's got history

Spoiler alert! In this week's episode of "This Is Us," we learn more about Jack's service in Vietnam, peek into Jack and Rebecca's early relationship and see Kevin and Zoe get closer. → Read More