I want to thank you for the up-close, behind-the-scenes exclusive of Beverly Hills, 90210 ( 241, Sept. 23). I’m glad to see that the cast has come back for another season and is adjusting well to the loss of Shannen Doherty. This is the best article I’ve ever read about the show and its cast — thank you, Entertainment Weekly, and keep up the good work.
I can’t believe 90210 is getting the ratings while ABC’s much better series My So-Called Life is faring poorly. 90210 is stupid and predictable, with or without Shannen Doherty. It just proves that the American public seems to be more into style than substance.
You don’t know how grateful I am that you did a story on 90210. I thought since Melrose Place and Models Inc. debuted, nobody would pay attention to the show that focuses on today’s issues. It’s nice to know that there’s an Aaron Spelling show not based entirely on sex.
Mark Harris writes of Marlon Brando’s Songs My Mother Taught Me and Peter Manso’s Brando: The Biography that ”No Hollywood chronicles of wasted promise have ever had greater promise, or more profligate waste, upon which to draw.” So Brando didn’t live fast, die young, and leave an attractive corpse. Since when is living to 70 and gaining weight a crime against humanity or Hollywood? Brando is a survivor and an original, which is more than can be said of most of his contemporaries.
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As a ”newbie” myself, it’s nice to see I’m not the only person wandering aimlessly (through the Internet) and having a ball doing it. Thanks for the information, as well as the well-placed slams against the pocket-protector crowd. I hope this story (”I Was a Cyberspace Virgin,” by Dana Kennedy) is just the first of many you’ll do about the Internet.
The problem with cybercops is even greater than you expressed. A number of services have sysops (systems operators) censoring opinions that run counter to their own. If the networks are subject to the whims of individuals who delete posts (messages) they find objectionable, perhaps legislation is the answer.
Dana: For an on-line virgin, you sure don’t speak like one.
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Correction: In the News & Notes story ”Rice Caves” ( 242, Sept. 30), the running time for Interview With the Vampire was incorrectly reported. It is two hours.