The Toast of Television
In ''5 Shows That Changed TV,'' Ken Tucker said he was ''shocked'' he gave The Real World an A when it debuted in 1992. But it was a much different and much better show back then. The roommates shared a cramped apartment, not a decked-out mansion. They all had to find their own jobs. And while the cast was diverse, it wasn't intentionally spiked with explosive personalities. It really was seven strangers living together in the ''real world.''
I realize this list is limited to the past two decades, but TV truly became ''the most innovative, pervasive pop culture medium'' in the '50s. Ozzie and Harriet were pop culture. Later, such shows as All in the Family and Soap changed American culture, and then TV had its modern epiphany when Crockett and Tubbs came roaring through Miami Vice in Ferraris. Wimps, rednecks, and tough women all took center stage as '80s heroes in that one show. History didn't start when EW was born.
Hungry for Games
I'm so glad Kaya Scodelario made it into the magazine as the EW.com readers' choice for the lead in the Hunger Games movie. She's got the right tough, badass attitude to play Katniss Everdeen, plus it's just a matter of time before she breaks into Hollywood. She could be the next Keira Knightley.
I usually agree with your wonderful readers, but this time they got it wrong: My beloved Peeta should be played by Lucas Till. That being said, please keep all news about the Hunger Games movie coming!
It was great to see a mention of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in What to Watch. Though this cartoon isn't on par with the original trilogy, it has given my preteen sons their own claim to the Star Wars legacy. This is their Star Wars, and they get to experience the thrill we got waiting to see if Luke & Co. would rescue Han Solo. There's nothing like a good cheesy cliff-hanger to enhance a kid's life!
FALL TV PREVIEW
Whether they were dissing Hawaii or missing Philadelphia, readers were ever-eager to analyze our annual roundup. Here are some choice remarks.
The most promising new show of the season is Hawaii Five-0, a reboot starring Alex O'Loughlin and brought to us by the guys who helped write Transformers 2? Face, meet palm.
Dexter Fishmore, Hollywood
Kudos on your excellent, as usual, Fall TV Preview. Ken Tucker's recommendation of Hawaii Five-0 gives us a reason to watch. Other than Grace Park in a bikini, that is.
Robert Grubaugh, Edwardsville, Ill.
By focusing on prime time, you overlooked Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. With its incisive wit and pop culture awareness, it may be the best half hour on TV, animated or otherwise.
Dan Katz, Greensboro, N.C.
I didn't appreciate the snarky comment on the lack of Saturday programming. Not everyone goes out that night. In the past, that was when series like The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show aired. I'd settle for one decent Saturday show today.
Stephen Van Eck, Lawton, Pa.
I was excited about the preview until I saw that you covered Sarah Palin's Alaska and ignored It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Joseph Ricci, Philadelphia