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March 8, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There is a truly heartbreaking moment in "Game Change," the HBO film about Sarah Palin's run for vice president. It comes after Palin (Julianne Moore) has made her galvanizing speech at the Republican National Convention accepting the nomination as John McCain's (Ed Harris) running mate and is drawing jaw-dropping crowds to her meet and greets. Footage is shown of the people waiting hours to meet her, including one rather large and nondescript woman who looks straight at the camera and says: "I have five kids.
July 13, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Character-welcoming USA is attempting to close its personal gender gap by adding a female-driven show to its increasing packaged and increasingly popular Boys of Summer Tour. Starring the very appealing Piper Perabo ( "Beverly Hills Chihuahua") as rookie CIA agent Annie Walker, "Covert Affairs" may not have the revenge factor of "Burn Notice" or the bromantic banter of "White Collar," but it's fast-paced, fun and every bit as charming. In the pilot, writers Matt Corman and Christopher Ord deftly blend shootouts and high-tech subterfuge with a romantic coming of age story to create a frothy tale of spy-jinx.
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