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Entertainment Weekly’s Best of 2006

Entertainment Weekly‘s Best of 2006 issue is out. Here is the smattering of genre-related tidbits it contains:


  • Amongst the Greatest Performances: James Callis (Gaius Baltar) of Battlestar Galactica and Jonny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
  • Breakouts (Brightest stars) of 2006 include Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) of Lost and Masi Oka (Hiro Nakumura) of Heroes.


  • Lisa Schwarzbaum’s Best Movies of 2006 includes Pan’s Labyrinth.
  • Readers voted Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest as their second favorite movie of 2006 (behind The Departed).
  • In a reader-voted face-off, X-Men earned 59% of the votes and Superman had 49% of the votes.


  • The DVD of The Greatest American Hero received the Dorkiest Packaging award.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was voted by readers as the DVD with the best extras (35% of votes). Superman: Ultimate Collector’s Edition was second (23%).
  • The Chroncles of Narnia was voted by readers as best kids’ DVD release (35% of the votes).
  • In a reader-voted face-off, Lost, Season 2 earned 47% of the votes and 24, Season 5 had 53% of the votes.
  • King Kong (Deluxe Extended Edition) was listed as the worst DVD release (way too long already, no need for extra footage).


  • Battlestar Galactica was #3 on the list of top TV series of the year. Heroes made #10.
  • Heroes was voted by readers as the best new show of the year with 45% of the votes.
  • Lost was voted by readers as the #2 returning show in the biggest creative slump.
  • In a reader-voted face-off, Lost gained 49% of the votes and Heroes had 51% of the votes.


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3 Comments on Entertainment Weekly’s Best of 2006

  1. Jim Shannon // December 27, 2006 at 1:27 pm //

    Sigh, is it just me

    or has science fiction

    become really boring

    lately? I don’t see

    anything on the

    horizon either. Don’t

    get me wrong SF books

    are outstanding but the

    rest of the SF genre

    sucks. I think the

    genre is in a deep

    sleep and could even

    be in a state of

    suspended animation. The

    sa indicator lights came

    on when Enterprise left.


  2. With books you can make your own movies/television shows. The theater of the mind beats anything I’ve seen on the big screen. Fleets of ships, planets colliding, enemies more evil than evil (“Doc” Smith). Clashing empires (numerous fantasy and SF novels), heroes and villains larger than life (ditto), scientific wonders (SF), and more.

    Heck, I’ve got such a backlog of stuff that I haven’t read or want to re-read I could skip watching TV or going to the movies for the rest of my life and only start to make a dent in it.

    Television and the big screen will wake up at some point. Look at the state of SF in the movies in the early 1970’s. Except for a few shining lights, it was as dreadful as what we have now.

  3. Jim Shannon // December 28, 2006 at 1:33 am //

    Hi Fred,

    Yes I agree with you. I

    think SF where it is now

    is pre Star Wars 1977.

    It’s in a coma. Maybe

    we’ve been spoiled from

    1977.Maybe we’ve had too

    much of a good thing. Could

    Science fiction be mainstream

    now? From 1977-present SF/F

    movie wise most of Hollywood

    has embraced the genre to

    almost the exclusion of all

    else. If it isn’t SF/F or

    action adventure it doesn’t

    sell. There have been a few

    Gems of course like “Pirates

    of the Caribbean” and the

    “Da Vinci code” but most of

    the blockbusters have been

    in the SF/F area.

    Thanks for sharing that btw

    Fred I’ll stick to reading books

    until another Star Wars 1977

    or “Babylon 5” comes along.

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