We are proud of our track record when it comes to predicting hits and misses. But even we've had the occasional whoopsie! Here's a sampling of our prognosticating skills gone horribly awry.
What We Said Then The truth may have been out there, but when we initially covered The X-Files in our 1993 fall preview, we dubbed the sci-fi series a tough sell, especially in its Friday-night time slot. ”This show’s a goner,” EW proclaimed. (We weren’t the only ones to have doubts. David Duchovny even told us: ”I’m not home Friday to watch TV myself usually.”) The soon-to-be cult classic made stars out of its two leads, Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and moved to a Sunday-night berth in 1996 — staying on the air for nine wonderfully strange seasons. In 1998 EW declared it the ”wittiest, creepiest sci-fi show of all time.”
What We Said Then This high-octane thrill ride came from the directors of the Matrix trilogy. Is it any wonder we put Speed Racer on our April 4, 2008, cover and postulated that it would be a summer blockbuster the whole family would love? But the film got a critical drubbing and took in a less-than-blockbuster $18.6 million in its opening weekend.
What We Said Then In an Oct. 6, 2000, story predicting the new TV shows doomed to failure, we picked on CBS’ Yes, Dear. The comedy starred Mike O’Malley, whose self-titled NBC sitcom was 1999’s first cancellation. We said O’Malley ”could go two-for-two, thanks to this couples-with-kids setup that sticks out like a bad punchline….” Yes, Dear remained on the air for six seasons.
What We Said Then In a Jan. 23, 1998, cover story, we listed Nathan Lane’s then-untitled NBC comedy as one of the year’s surest bets, suggesting: ”It’ll make the Mouse Hunt star a big cheese in the sitcom universe.” The subsequently named Encore! Encore! got horrible reviews and was canceled after 11 episodes.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
What We Said Then In a 1997 story on Hollywood’s latest youthquake, we named Jennifer Love Hewitt ”the odds-on favorite to become the next Molly Ringwald.” Hewitt never reached Ringwald’s teen-icon status, but to be fair, they did both go on to appear in Lifetime movies. And in that matchup, we’ll give the nod to Hewitt’s role as a sex worker in The Client List.
What We Said Then EW’s June 5, 1992, cover asked, ”What Ever Happened to Bruce?” and questioned the Boss’ continued relevance. ”We have to ask, especially since his albums aren’t selling: Will he ever matter as much [again]?” Seven studio albums later, including the chart-topping Magic, Springsteen continues to rock hard with this year’s Wrecking Ball tour.