Letters from our readers
‘Lost’ for Words
Regarding the cover of your Fall TV Preview issue, you have really outdone yourself this time: superfresh colors, groovy graphic design… and that smokin’ hot pic of Matthew Fox. I don’t know what traffic was like over the holiday weekend, but he sure caused a traffic jam in the supermarket checkout line.
DAVID LE VEY
I’m a huge fan of Lost, but out of 31 new fall shows, you couldn’t find one to put on your cover? And if you insisted on featuring a returning show, would a little cover love for Arrested Development have killed you?
Features such as the Lost seating diagram are the reason I keep renewing my subscription to EW. The blurbs on the passengers were a perfect warm-up to season 2, and the seating chart gave me insight into a TV show that the series itself could not give me.
MARY BETH LOWE
Offutt AFB, Neb.
I was never as taken aback by something I’d read as when reading your Desperate Housewives feature (Fall TV Preview). I was excited by the addition of Alfre Woodard, and I hope that Marc Cherry’s statement (”I knew at some point we’d have a new mystery take over and become the focal point, though I never anticipated the lead would be African-American”) was incomplete. Unless the new character was going to be a Klan member, why wouldn’t an African American be plausible? I’m not sure if Mr. Cherry realizes it, but there are probably as many black moms carpooling in the burbs as there are white.
Good for EW for noting the omission of King of the Hill from the Emmy nominees for best animated series (Fall TV Preview). As one of the most underrated programs on TV, King is both funny and heartwarming. It’s amazing that the most realistic family show on TV is just a cartoon. Through eight seasons, the show is as good as ever.
‘Girls’ Best Friend
Thanks for the great article on The Golden Girls (”The Golden Age”). I have watched that show since it premiered when I was 10, and I still find it as funny as ever. It goes to show that good writing transcends age barriers and appeals to everyone, not just what demographic network execs are going after!
The Art of Seeing
I enjoyed your item on the similarities between the Everything Is Illuminated and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers movie posters (News & Notes). What is truly surreal is that you would discuss the inspiration for them without mentioning René Magritte’s The Son of Man, to which they are clearly an homage.
I agree with Stephen King’s advice for Lost (”Lost’s Soul”). Don’t drag out a good show past its prime just to keep the cash rolling in. But King should also caution the network not to betray fans of the show by canceling it too soon should the ratings dip. I’d wager that many Lost fans were also fans of HBO’s Carnivàle, another mythology-heavy show with a large cast that was canceled with most of its mysteries still unsolved. Here’s hoping the producers of Lost can strike a balance and wisely wrap up the loose ends of their stories prior to jumping the shark.
Sun City, Calif.