Mail from our readers
While it is an honor to be named to Entertainment Weekly‘s Power 101 list (#142, Oct. 30), it is important to make a distinction between VQT (Viewers for Quality Television) and the other ”television watchdogs” listed together. Viewers for Quality Television never boycotts, and it does not ”lobby.” Rather, VQT educates and informs viewers on how to have a voice, while it strives to make the networks and producers of prime-time television accountable for quality (i.e., intelligent, thought-provoking, interesting, illuminating) content. We ”watch,” but we don’t ”dog.” But thank you for noticing.
President and Founder, Viewers for Quality Television, Inc.
Fairfax Station, Va.
Regarding your most-powerful-people-in-Hollywood issue, you have forgotten one big name. Howard Stern is a powerful person who rules the airwaves, TV, and soon movies. Stern is not ”King of All Media” for nothing. I like your magazine, and keep up the good work.
David Lynch’s power, in the U.S. at least, may have fallen, but his, or for that matter, Twin Peaks cocreator Mark Frost’s, talents have not. The public continues to have the most and least power, as well as the best and worst taste.
This letter is to clarify some points in the ”Fallen” section. For the past two years the Emmy ratings on Fox have been high, and this year we ranked fifth. While it is easy to describe some of the categories as ”senseless,” there are many factors involved. With over 7,000 members and 25 peer groups, it is a monumental undertaking to hear all sides and try to give equanimity to everyone. As to the show’s length, content, and production values, I can assure you that there will be many changes made next year, and we look forward to your judgment of our efforts at the time. Finally, after 44 years, Emmy remains the most prestigious and coveted international award for television excellence. Just ask anyone who has won one.
President, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
North Hollywood, Calif.
Boy, did you miss the boat in your issue of the 101 most influential people. You missed No. 1 completely — Us. The Consumer. If we don’t go to it, see it, listen to it, read it, or buy it — irrespective of what reviews and pundits say — it’s a failure. The rankings of movies and music, the salaries of stars, the commercial revenues, the space on a bookshelf are all based ultimately on our whims. We have the power to raise heroes one day and turn them into goats the next. The real blockbuster successes in entertainment come from finding out what’s going to interest us next. We’re waiting. Your top 10 understand this very well, as does virtually everyone else in the entertainment industry.
Correction: In our Critical Mass chart (#143), we incorrectly listed one of the reviewers. Jami Bernard of the New York Post, not Carrie Rickey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, was the critic.