For three years, Stephen King has toiled as our sole back-page columnist, appearing once every three weeks. But now he’ll be joined by two other writers: editor-at-large Dalton Ross and former EW executive editor Mark Harris.
Dalton’s column, The Glutton, debuts in this issue with his New Year’s resolutions (one example: his commitment to create the world’s first Abdul-O-Matic!), and The Five, his totally random pop culture list (this week: the top five musical acts who…pretended to be from outer space). An expanded weekly version of the column, featuring his obsession of the week and plenty of reader feedback, is on our website, EW.com.
If Dalton is the ultimate consumer of entertainment, Mark Harris is its ultimate sharp-edged (if loving) observer. As an EW editor, he wrote memorably about everything from gays in Hollywood to Janet Jackson’s absurd ”wardrobe malfunction.” He’s also a great celebrant of pop culture — he writes EW.com’s Project Runway TV Watch, and no one brings more enthusiasm to that gabfest. His column launches next week, in the 1/19/07 issue, and King returns the following week, in the 1/26/07 issue.
There’s a new look on our website, too. EW.com’s managing editor, Jay Woodruff, has overseen a complete redesign of the site. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: about 20 stories a day that don’t run in the magazine; daily coverage of American Idol, including on-the-scene reporting and exclusive interviews with the judges and departing contestants; Just a Minute, Dave Karger’s video interviews with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Edward Norton; a database that’s easy to search, so you can get all the casting details you need for your favorite TV shows and movies; a daily photo gallery; TV Watches, our writers’ instant commentary on 22 of your favorite shows, including 24, Lost, Heroes, and Desperate Housewives; and all the latest entertainment news, including complete box office reports. All in all, EW.com is the seamless complement to the magazine, your one-stop shop for daily entertainment coverage. Check it out, and then let me know what you think: You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Tetzeli Managing Editor