When I meet EW readers, they often tell me they start each issue with the back page. No surprise there. The Bullseye is one of our most popular franchises. The brain and wit behind that notorious infographic belong to Henry Goldblatt, EW’s deputy managing editor and director of brand development.
This week Henry, with help from Adam Markovitz, Tanner Stransky, and an ace team of staffers, has used his good taste and sense of humor to produce our annual Summer Must List issue. I hope it gives you some insight into the stuff you’re already excited about and puts a few unhyped musts on your radar.
Another thing to add to your calendar: As this issue hits stands, Entertainment WEekly Radio will also be hitting the airwaves on SiriusXM. The Entertainment Weekly channel (at 105 on the dial) launches May 28. Like our magazine and website, the channel will serve as your all-access pass to pop culture 24/7. Every day we’ll bring you the latest news and reviews, and we look forward to taking your calls. EW’s Dalton Ross will cohost a morning show with Jenna Morasca, and our writers, editors, and critics will be on the air with Sirius’ cast of smart, funny hosts. To kick it off, we invited this week’s cover boy, Hugh Jackman, to join us for a SiriusXM Town Hall. In the Jackman interview (airing the day we launch), he dishes about The Wolverine, opening July 26, and shares details on how he routinely rips up his body for his characters; he says consuming 5,000 calories a day to get in Wolverine shape was more difficult than depriving himself of food and water for Les Misérables. And he recalls, as a kid, wanting to be an accountant like his father — only because his dad’s office had an unlimited supply of cookies. To see the program schedule, go to siriusxm.com/ewradio.
Later this summer EW will partner with Sundance Channel to present a new show called The Writers’ Room. Each episode takes you behind the scenes of a great scripted TV series. For the first season, which begins July 29, host Jim Rash (star of Community and codirector of this summer’s indie gem The Way, Way Back) sits down with the writers and producers of American Horror Story, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones, New Girl, and Parks and Recreation. With all of this expansion going on at EW, I worry that the staff won’t be able to use all their vacation time. But don’t feel bad for us. We got to see Elysium and This Is the End already. And both are definitely musts.