Since our debut in 1990, Entertainment Weekly hasn’t just covered pop culture — we’ve even gotten a few cameos. On occasion, directors and TV writers have created a faux EW cover to establish that a character is a celebrity. Other times, they’ve been angry about a review and just wanted revenge. With our 20th birthday around the corner, we look back at our accidental career.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
In the 1993 premiere, EW’s Benjamin Svetkey played an alien extra and wrote a cover story about the experience.
The Larry Sanders Show
A fictional EW reporter (played by Joshua Malina) snoops around backstage in a September 1993 episode of Larry Sanders. Coincidentally, a real EW reporter snooped around the set in August 1992.
In the 1995 film, Danny DeVito’s character — a supercilious movie star named Martin Weir — appears on EW’s cover.
In March 1995, EW was immortalized in an episode of the animated series. Barney wins Springfield’s film festival and ends up on our cover — getting the arty black-and-white treatment he so richly deserves.
Somebody wasn’t happy with the F he got in EW. In a June 2000 episode, Peter wipes himself with the magazine, then says, ”Well, that’s one problem solved.”
White House Correspondent’s Dinner
In a comic video made by West Wing staffers for the 2000 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, lame duck Bill Clinton is shown reading an EW preview issue as he whiles away his final hours as president in a Laundromat.
EW writers Jessica Shaw and Dan Snierson — and their families — competed against each other in 2005.
Sex and the City
EW becomes wall art in Samantha’s office in the 2008 Sex and the City movie. Her actor boyfriend, Smith Jerrod, has hit the big time.
Some EW writers have seen their bylines pop up on TV:
Chris Carter names a character in one episode after then TV editor Mary Kaye Schilling. She gets murdered.
Dan Snierson’s byline makes a cameo when he pans Maeby’s movie.
Angry about an F grade, the ‘toons invade EW’s office and attack a TV writer named Alynda, after Alynda Wheat.
One of the scamsters uses the name Ben Svetkey as an alias. Closed captioning misspells it as Vince Fetkey.