By EW Staff
September 13, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

While you’ve been American Idol-ing the hours away and nibbling on peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with your Big Brother, we here at EW have been staking out Hollywood sets and hitting the phones harder than Kelly Clarkson’s fans. Why so much toiling during the dog-eat-dog days of summer? Because we’ve been gathering the juicy reporting that makes up our annual Fall TV Preview issue. And this year we’ve got more scoops than a Baskin-Robbins in August. We reviewed the files on promising crime dramas Boomtown and CSI: Miami. We knocked on the door of John Ritter’s family comedy 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. We shot into the stars with Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s space drama Firefly, then swooped down to scope out the comic-book caper Birds of Prey. And, for no extra charge, we’ll even let you sift through our intel on Alias and get a checkup with the cast of Scrubs. Our prognosis: Flip through these pages and you’ll be in perfect shape for the new TV season.