IT HAD TO BE ‘DREW’
It’s great to see the under-appreciated Drew Carey Show finally getting its due and appearing on your cover (#382, June 6). I’ve been a faithful viewer since the show began and I hope it lasts long enough to earn another cover — maybe even an episode guide, a la your Seinfeld issue. Thanks again!
Union Furnace, Ohio
I am a longtime reader and fan of EW, but I have to take issue with some of Bruce Fretts’ comments in ”Anatomy of a TV Season.” While I can’t argue with the ratings, I believe that NBC’s ”Thrillogy” is far from the ”less than Thrilling” that Fretts dubbed it. Well, okay, I’ll give you Dark Skies; it was just bad. But The Pretender and Profiler are a gift to Saturday night TV, where shows are often sent to die. As for CBS’ America’s Night of Television leaving Fretts yearning to move to Canada; sorry, Bruce, all we get are American channels anyway. And hockey.
In your ”Tyrannosaurus Plex” article you only briefly touched on the benefits the audience reaps with the advent of the megaplex. AMC recently opened a 24-screen mecca in my town, wildly superior to any theater that preceded it — in comfort, in quality, and in spectacle. As long as these titans of popcorn maintain the quality along with their size, I say, the more the merrier.
PEAKE OF THE LITTER
Well, you’ve done it. you’ve made EW my favorite magazine by your mention of Mervyn Peake’s ”Gormen-ghast Trilogy” as part of an eclectic summer reading list (”Hot Days, Cool Reads”). In these days of mass-produced entertainment, a magazine with the quirky insight to recommend Peake’s fantasy saga in lieu of the tiresome Grisham du jour wins my most fervent applause.
JOHN D. LAKE
Kansas City, Kan.
Regarding the article ”Net Worth”: With the obvious reasons for the decline of network viewership — cable, bland programming, etc. — it wasn’t suggested that perhaps computers and the Internet are also taking their share of potatoes from the couch.
CLARIFICATION: Swingers director Doug Liman is receiving a fee for each episode of the Disney production Hollywood Tales, actor/screenwriter Jon Favreau’s Swingers-inspired TV series (Biz, #381).
CORRECTION: The following photographers’ credits were omitted from the Style story about Elizabeth Hurley (#379): Frank Trapper/Sygma; Dave Benett/ Globe Photos; Gregory Pace/Sygma; Marcel Thomas/Sipa; Steve Finn/Globe Photos; Gregg DeGuire/LFI; Andrew Murray/Sygma.