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Once again, we gazed into the future and revealed the secrets of the coming season with our annual Fall TV Preview (#449, Sept. 11, 1998) and one item in particular sent a streak of panic through many of our readers, including Sarah C. Hagen of Bay City, Mich.: ”Can it be true that The X-Files is not starting new episodes until Nov. 8!? Say it ain’t so, or at least tell me why!” Well, Sarah, we don’t have an official answer for you, but maybe after the movie, they had to start harvesting a whole new killer-bee superswarm from scratch. Or, it could just be a massive conspiracy….

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Thank you for your excellent coverage of the new fall season. We are bombarded with so many new shows, and your reviews really help us make a better choice. I definitely know that I will not be watching any new shows except for the one over on the little network that could, Felicity. Kudos for putting the Dawson teens on your cover. Your articles and covers just keep me subscribing year after year. EDWIN PEARSON Omaha

Yet another delightful Fall TV Preview! It was all very well-done, but two points stood out: (1) You actually have opinions — unlike the ”Returning Favorites” issue of TV Guide, which seemed, basically, to like everything. And (2), when talking about Homicide: Life on the Street, you listed how people would be partnered this year. This is a crucial piece of information for any Homicide fan, and it demonstrates how much you care about the fans (and the programs). It’s these little details that really show you’re on top of your game. KATHERINE RATCLIFFE Comer, Ga.

It used to be a running joke with my coworkers every time I got a new issue: Find the Lisa Rinna picture in In Style, find the Diana-related article in People, and find the Everybody Loves Raymond reference in EW. As fun as our game was, I now implore you — stop the madness! This issue’s blatant fawning over Everybody Loves Raymond has me wondering what incriminating evidence Ray Romano is holding over your heads to make you write things like Raymond is ”consistently the best sitcom on TV”? Whatever crime you committed, please confess, before we are subjected to another installment of ”EW Loves Raymond.” BETHANY BARBER Alexandria, Va.

Katie Holmes, with her instantaneous success, signifies changing ideals for young women. How refreshing. No longer must girls aspire to look like collagen-injected, silicone-saturated, heroin-abused bulimic babes. Natural beauty reigns again. But apparently wholesomeness does not. Though she’s an actor and not a writer, Holmes seems neither disheartened nor regretful as she teases, ”None of us will be virgins after this season” of Dawson’s Creek. However prevalent teenage sex is, however realistic the scenes may be, I hope I’m not alone in my disgust. Holmes and her character, Joey, symbolize innocence, purity, and virtue too often lacking in girls her age. What kind of message is this? LAUREN COSENZA Washington, D.C.

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