Your thoughts about the Emmys, reactions to our ''Walking Dead'' issue, and more

By EW Staff
Updated October 04, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Small-Screen Sneak Peek
Can someone at EW please write me a note? I think I have a serious case of fall TV-itis and need to call in sick. The only remedy is to spend a day curled up on the couch with the Fall TV Preview.
Cough, cough.
Angella Wilson
Victoria, British Columbia

I did a double take when I saw your cover. Norman Reedus is wielding an ax just a little too close to Tony Goldwyn‘s head! But hey, it could be an inspiration for a new plotline on either The Walking Dead or Scandal.
Amy Lyn O’Dell
Carthage, Mo.

They Can’t Get No Respect
No matter how compelling it may be to watch the action and drama of the Emmys, the fact that Jonny Lee Miller was overlooked for his understated yet complex performance as Sherlock Holmes on Elementary gave me pause. Didn’t a thoroughly modern take on a classic merit consideration?
Barbara Smith
Monee, Ill.

Your What to Watch blurb on the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys deemed these awards “not important enough for the real show.” As a makeup artist in the entertainment industry who has many friends who won Creative Arts Emmys that night, I take offense. Without lighting, costumes, hair, makeup, sound, a script, and a camera, there is no glitz or glamour. The actors and directors are only as good as the team around them, and those people deserve recognition as well, whether the awards are given on “the real show” or not. They should be celebrated, not insulted, for their work.
Christina Grant
Bergenfield, N.J.

Making the Grade
I’ve always wondered why you withhold the A+ grade in reviews of films that might qualify as new classics. Your “Chart Flashback” (Music) often awards the grade — “Good Vibrations” got one in this issue. While that song is indeed fantastic, aren’t new films also worthy of the highest honor? Especially in light of your recent 100 All-Time Greatest issue. If recent movies like There Will Be Blood and Brokeback Mountain (which both received standard A’s at publication) are among the 100 best of all time, surely they should get a little extra credit in the reviews section?
Brad Weinstock
Hoboken, N.J.

I made a mad dash for the Walking Dead article, as the show is one of my top five currently on the boob tube. The huge photo of Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes immediately caught my attention. After all, I had the movie poster of The Outlaw Josey Wales hanging on my bedroom wall as a teenager. Very cool tribute to Clint Eastwood’s rowdy outlaw! —Michael Buffalo Smith, Spartanburg, S.C.

Photo editor Michele Romero responds… Thanks! I used that reference for the shoot because I think The Walking Dead is very much a Western. The cool thing was that Andrew Lincoln, who’s an Eastwood fan, got it right away. And Walking Dead special-effects god Greg Nicotero was so thrilled by the reference that he told me I should see his office, which has that very poster in it.

Fall TV: First Impressions
The new season is in full swing, and everyone’s a critic. Here, readers say yea or nay to some of the networks’ splashiest offerings.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I absolutely loved the first episode. From top to bottom, beginning to end, it was just one long nerdgasm. —The Man They Call Jack

Totally bleh. Even the music and attempts at humor were stale. Seems to be more of a procedural, episodic show than a character-driven show. —L Pala

Sleepy Hollow
As nutty as it was, I really enjoyed it. Ichabod is hot, Abbie is sassy, and the Horseman has a shotgun. What’s not to love? —Aurora

The pilot was a series of plot points masquerading as story development. The performances were fine, but the approach to the characters felt oddly cold. —moviemenace

So far I’m hooked enough to keep watching, but I’m hoping it becomes more like 24 and less like The Following. —canadianfan

My biggest complaint: Why do all the family members need so many extremely soapy subplots? Isn’t it dramatic enough that they’re being held hostage? —Jose

The Blacklist
James Spader was intense and drily funny, and Megan Boone grew on me as her professionalism and toughness emerged. Great twists throughout. I’ve already given this a series pass on my DVR! —Trent

I hate stupid plots. This is Homeland without a brain… or Claire Danes. —almarrob