April 20, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

To Die For

Thanks for a great cover and article on those quirky CSIs. I’ve been a fan since the previews! The show has just the right dose of everything and keeps you guessing right to the end. Not since The X-Files has a show been able to turn gore into greatness!
Spokane, Wash.

Kudos for ”uncovering” the most engrossing TV drama since ER in your latest issue (although the photo looks like it was tampered with…). As a researcher, I find it refreshing to see fellow scientists portrayed as real people doing cool stuff — not as the stereotypical nerds destroying our world. To think that so many highly paid TV execs thought it did not deserve to be put on the air…Bravo, Les!
Los Angeles

It was great to see an article on the great scientific crime show CSI, but I was amazed to find no mention of one of its main stars: the city of Las Vegas. The series is set there and partially shot on location there. The glitzy Vegas setting provides a contrast with the often gritty crime scenes and is a big factor in the show’s success.
Stanton, Calif.

A Reba, A Reba

Thanks for the excellent Reba McEntire article (”Aimin’ to Please”). I’m glad people are finally seeing how far her talent reaches. I’ve had the privilege of seeing her in concert many times and in Annie Get Your Gun in New York. She was fabulous! As an added bonus we ran into her outside of the theater, and she couldn’t have been nicer and more appreciative of her fans!
Springfield, Mass.

Comb Out on Top

I’m tired of hearing about Sean ”Puffy” Combs (News & Notes) going to court. When are people going to start talking about his music again and/or start trying to support him instead of talking badly about him? I think in the next issue you should congratulate Combs on his victory over the charges and give him some support. He’s a great entertainer who needs to get back to what he’s good at, for himself and the fans, and in order to do that he needs everybody to step off him.

Sea Gullible

How in the world could you give your Winner of the Week award to Steven Seagal (Movies)? The people who went to see Exit Wounds didn’t go because of him, they went to see it mainly for DMX.
Foothill Ranch, Calif.


As a ”mature” reader of EW, I’m getting really tired of remarks like ”ever-graying” and ”geezer-magnet” (Bruce Fretts’ review of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific). I certainly don’t fall into the choice-demographic ratings category, but I do spend a great deal of my old- geezer money on books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. I didn’t watch South Pacific (I didn’t even like the original), I refuse to watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but I did think These Old Broads was a hoot. But just as a suggestion, review the program, not the viewer, as it could drive away what few viewers remain.
Hinckley, Minn.

Star Struck

I beg to differ with Tricia Johnson when she calls Hayden Christensen (News & Notes) a ”virtual unknown.” His riveting portrayal of an abused and troubled teen on Fox Family Channel’s show Higher Ground should be very much accounted for! When I opened to the page with a photo of him in the future Star Wars movie, I knew straightaway who he was. And shame on you for comparing him to the likes of Justin Timberlake!
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Powder for the People

Thank you so much for the review of Powderfinger’s Odyssey Number Five (Music). We Americans are finally discovering what Australians have known for nearly 10 years — Powderfinger is a great band! I believe they’re going to be big in the U.S. I look forward to hearing (and reading) more about them.
Playa del Rey, Calif.

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