Mail: 'Party of Five'
I don’t fit that typical Party of Five fan profile (I’m a guy), but I love the show nonetheless and was pleased to see my favorite TV stars splashed across the pages of EW (#366, Feb. 14). Dan Snierson’s article gave fans a chance to realize what makes every peek into the Salingers’ lives so fun and rewarding — they are three-dimensional characters with real emotions, reactions, and even real issues. As for Fox exec VP Bob Greenblatt, who feared that this show was not as sexy as Beverly Hills, 90210, there’s a big difference between Party‘s low-key, true-to-life sex appeal and 90210‘s anyone, any-reason, just-for-ratings sex-fest. Do you see the distinction?
Dan Snierson’s article on PO5 hit the mark. Although the show’s ratings are modest, how can 10 million fans be wrong? This intelligent drama sucks you in like no other. As Scott Wolf (Bailey) said: ”People really get wrapped up in their own desires for these characters.” That’s an understatement. If Bailey doesn’t get it together, Fox will have 10 million angry — but devoted — fans.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
So advertisers think mainly teens and Gen-Xers watch PO5? Wrong! Here’s an aging boomer who’s never missed an episode. I don’t swoon over the show’s stars (though they are attractive) but I relish the fine writing, intelligent plots, and honest acting; the episodes featuring Kirsten’s depression and breakdown were wrenching.
BECK AND CALL
Thank you for David Browne’s intelligent article on Beck. He is the freshest and most prolific artist on the airwaves and certainly has more to offer than No Doubt, Bush, or Oasis. Beck is the pop icon of his generation — definitely not a ”Loser.”
As a Michigan resident, I continually hear Ted Nugent’s cry for the humane hunter. After reading his review of Bambi on video, I’d like to apologize to the other 49 states for his white-trash mentality on the sanctity of life. Nugent’s review barely tried to explain the phenomenon that Walt Disney created 55 years ago. It’s hilarious that he can’t talk about a cartoon deer without getting an itchy trigger finger — but when you realize that this is a man whose popularity is based on a song called ”Cat Scratch Fever,” it all starts to make sense.
BRIAN M. KEMP
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Having Nugent review Disney’s Bambi was pure genius. I haven’t laughed (or cheered) that much since seeing Ted debate an animal rights activist who was wearing leather shoes!
KENNETH W. THEIL III