Readers respond to Friends, Ben Stiller, and Dave Matthews Band
Survival of the Fittest
Thank you for your coverage of Survivor, seasons 1 and 2. Because of it, I always know what I’m not missing, having never watched the shows. I know in the future the coverage will continue, and I won’t ever have to waste my time watching Survivor seasons 3-50.
Unlike, apparently, every other human being in the U.S., I have no trouble deciding what to watch Thursday night: Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’d take a lot more than 10 extra minutes of a pretty good sitcom or a gaggle of worm-eating Real World rejects to keep me from my weekly Ryan, Colin, and Wayne fix. Hip? Probably not. In that coveted 18-49 demo? You betcha.
Memo to Jeff Zucker and Les Moonves: There’s this thing called a VCR…
I can’t believe the comments the ousted outbackers made. What wimps! Didn’t they watch Richard ”the snake” Hatch slither his way to the bank? If they weren’t willing to do whatever it took, why were they there? In a group with a prison guard, Army officer, and retired police inspector, the singer-songwriter came across as the toughest. I don’t know what songs Ogakor was singing, but it shouldn’t have been ”Why Can’t We Be Friends?”
Friends wouldn’t be looking up at Survivor if NBC had done the smart thing during last year’s contract negotiations: vote humorless David Schwimmer off Manhattan island by sending Ross the Whiner on an endless paleontology expedition to Siberia. By remaining on the show, Schwimmer inherited Paul Reiser’s title as The Most Unnecessary Person on TV.
Your profile on Andy Dick confirmed what I’ve been preaching for years: The Ben Stiller Show was the most underrated show ever. Four of the cast members went on to become comic deities: Stiller, giving a smart snap to mainstream studio comedies; Janeane Garofalo, reigning as the queen of stand-up and cameos; Bob Odenkirk’s postmodernist Mr. Show With Bob and David; and now Andy strutting his considerable s—.
GARY SHERWOOD Santa Rosa, Calif.
I was disappointed in your article on Shaggy. I’ll admit he is a talented reggae artist, but his sharp rise to the top is based on a fantastic song, ”It Wasn’t Me,” sung mostly by Ricardo ”RikRok” Ducent! It would seem he’s the new sensation, not Shaggy. I hope Shaggy follows through on a solo album for Ducent — I would rush to the store to buy it.
Breath Of Fresh Eyre
Thanks for your on-target review of the fantastic new Broadway show Jane Eyre. After seeing it recently I can’t believe it got any negative reviews, especially for the two major breakout stars — Marla Schaffel and James Barbour! So that’s where all the talent is on Broadway this season! CHERYL PRYOR Richmond
With the Dave Matthews Band you either get it, or you don’t. David Browne doesn’t. This was obvious in his review of Everyday, in which he complains that at a N.Y. show it took the band an hour plus to play four songs. Exactly. That’s why the band consistently sells out stadiums. You’re guaranteed to hear something different at every show, no matter how many times you’ve seen them. If you want to hear a regurgitation of the studio albums, don’t bother. JULIE COMPTON Phoenixville, Pa.