I've been an Entertainment Weekly girl, well, since I was a girl... since it began in 1990. Summer Movie Previews, Holiday Movie Previews, 100 Greatest this or that, Best of the Year, Oscar issue, Fall TV Preview issue - I loved them all. I didn't always get the magazine - It was my favorite "treat" at the grocery store, when I was a poor college student. But, I did have a subscription for many, many years, then I didn't, then my pop culture soul sister, Rachel gifted me a subscription and I renewed. In fact, I had a subscription up until a few weeks ago. I also listened religiously to EW radio since it began on Sirius in May 2013. I also had a daily habit of visiting ew.com for my daily entertainment news. I was an EW girl...AND then....
First, there was an article on the best nud (ending in e - I don't want to even type that word for fear of a search engine reading it wrong) scenes. And the advertisement for this article had a VERY inappropriate picture that appeared in my e-mail, on my facebook feed and on their website. My PCSS (pop culture soul sister), Rachel was the first smart one to say - Yuck! I'm writing an e-mail. Well, I followed suit - and although, you read when you send them an e-mail on their contact page that they will respond - they don't. This article came out MONTHS ago - the offensive advertisement is still on many of their pages - as of a few weeks ago.
Second, EW as part of Time, Inc - began getting rid of (or helped to exit) my long-time favorite writers. Annie Barrett and Owen Gleiberman. I had come to love Owen Gleiberman on EW radio. He has a great radio voice and is an excellent critic with a strong love of movies. Now, I'm not about to try to figure out the behind the scenes big business of every entertainment website I visit, but these ousters were personal to me. As I adored their writing and there were long-time writers - and the whole thing sounded very unpleasant. I still miss them. (Happily, Owen Gleibermans movie reviews are now found on www.bbc.com in the culture/film area.)
Third, EW radio started to streamline in not the greatest ways - while Dalton Ross in the morning, I do consider a TV expert, not all the voices are. The team EW radio sent to San Francisco Comic-Con knew little to nothing about the shows at Comic-Con - I had to turn off the coverage, because it began to sound embarassing. They made abrupt changes to radio shows and their personalities. I just stopped enjoying it as much.
But, then.... Robin Williams died. Suddenly. Tragically. And no one was talking about it continually, but EW radio. So, I tuned in for the remembrances and the re-played interviews. Then, I saw the tribute magazine and I read the article and I may have read the website that day. And then...Joan Rivers died...and I tuned in again. And now - its coming up on Fall TV - and I may just buy the Fall Preview magazine, but I'm going to check out what the Hollywood Reporter has out first.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.
PS - This entry looks like a massive advertisement for Entertainment Weekly. What? I couldn't just pick one cover? My love for it has been large. Seriously - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.