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Feedback: Nov. 25, 2011

Much love for Kermit the Frog, The Country A-List close calls, and more

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The Muppets Take EW
Bravo on your Muppets cover! Seeing Kermit in all his green glory brought a big grin to my face and memories of a time before digital animation and special effects were necessary to keep a kid entertained.
David Aguiar
Wheaton, Ill.

The mere sight of Kermit the Frog on your cover has this 37-year-old man smiling and reminiscing about my favorite TV show as a child. This is my must-see film of the season, along with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Proof I’ve matured slightly since the late 1970s. Slightly.
Steven Mackay
Radford, Va.

Over all these years, and countless covers featuring all sorts of celebrities and entertainers, this has to be your best. A simple shot of a little frog with a huge heart who has brought joy to so many over the decades. Thanks, EW, for your most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational cover ever!
Katherine Murray
Hagerstown, Md.

Man or Muppet?
Is it me, or does Walter the new Muppet look a lot like Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) from How I Met Your Mother?
Holly Wright
Madison, Wis.
The editors respond: It’s not you, Holly.

Judgment Day
If Ken Tucker had rated The Sing-Off‘s judges [in ”Judging the Judges”] (News and Notes), they would have all gotten A’s. Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Shawn Stockman are the most entertaining and knowledgeable judges in all reality TV. Where other judges care about themselves, these three care about the contestants.
Allan Oliver
Vancouver, Wash.
Ken Tucker responds: Yes, I should have graded The Sing-Off, thanks for the opportunity here. Ben Folds would get an A for sure — all those years writing and arranging articulate lyrics pay off in his critiques. Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman? Both A-, but for different reasons: She’s a real up-and-comer as a judge — sometimes rambling, but possessed of a distinct critical vocabulary; he’s helpfully sincere, which can sometimes lead to overidentification with contestants, resulting in occasionally excessive sympathy/praise.

The War Over Whitney
Regarding Mark Harris’ article ”Who Are You Calling Funny?” (News and Notes): Whitney is the first NBC sitcom that I’ve been able to watch for more than 10 minutes since Will & Grace went off the air. I know this opinion is going against the ”cool” kids, but NBC’s other sitcoms are just not funny…. I hope more people will give Whitney a chance.
John Decaro
Miami Beach

The Country A-List, Cont’d.
Some readers said our roll of ”The Rest of Country’s New A-List” was missing a few names — especially Carrie Underwood. (For the record, she is A-list, just not new.) Here’s who almost made the cut.— Grady Smith
”Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” rocker Luke Bryan has been riding high since his smash single ”Do I,” which he co-wrote with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, reached No. 2 in 2009.
Husband-and-wife duo Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) scored their first No. 1 with ”Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” earlier this year. Their follow-up, ”I Got You,” recently broke into the top 10.
Eric Church’s latest single, ”Drink in My Hand,” has ascended the country chart faster than any of his previous releases, and his album Chief, which hit stores in July, was recently certified gold.
Reigning American Idol Scotty McCreery’s debut disc, Clear as Day, sold more copies in its first week than season 9 winner Lee DeWyze’s album Live It Up sold in its entire run.

Corrections
The oft-quoted line from Field of Dreams is ”If you build it, he will come” (News and Notes). Tobey Maguire does not voice a character in the videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (The Must List).