Our 3rd Annual Guess the Cover Contest: Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview 2009

It’s the most wonderful time of year. That magical time when we put aside our mild disappointment in our bible’s penchant for occasionally making us feel like we’ve subscribed to Twilight Weekly, in order to play our all-time favorite guessing game: Predict what TV show will grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s annual Fall TV Preview.

But before we get to the game, a few fun facts if we may. As you may-or-may-not recall from previous years, theTVaddict.com’s non-existent crack research staff has done a little digging and come to the conclusion that EW’s Fall TV Preview issue traditionally falls into one of two categories: Either highlighting one of the fall’s most buzzed about new shows (see covers for JOEY, PRIVATE PRACTICE and Jennifer Love Hewitt all-but-forgotten bomb TIME OF MY LIFE) or rewards the previous season’s ‘it’ show such as GOSSIP GIRL, DAWSON’S CREEK or LOST. Something else to consider before making your prediction — much like Sports Illustrated’s highly publicized cover jinx — gracing the cover of the Fall TV Preview issue may not be all that it’s cracked up to be. Just ask the creators of JOEY, MISS MATCH and TITANS how their shows are doing.

Which of course bring us to this September’s Sophie’s choice. Will EW go for the controversy (GREY’S ANATOMY)? Critical acclaim (GLEE)? Or camp factor (MELROSE PLACE)? Choose wisely in the comments below.

Our choice for this Fall’s EW Cover Boy, complete with obligatory mock-up!

  • Jen

    My guess would be Glee, V or Flash Forward if it’s new shows. (Too bad the third one couldn’t rhyme.)

  • I’m guess either Jay Leno (corporate synergy at its greatest) or Courtney Cox, Patricia Heaton, Kelsey Grammer, and Jenna Elfman in a “returning faces” sort of deal. Or Glee.

  • Campbell

    My best guess is Glee, that show is being promoed from every angle possible, and the guys over at Fox aren’t going to let something as huge (?) as the EW fall TV preview cover slip out of their grasp.

  • Rose

    My guess is The Vampire Diaries but only if they figure out a way to put Robert Pattinson on the cover.

  • Kristen

    I’m gonna guess either Glee or Flash Forward.

  • Melrose Place or Glee

  • LOL @ Rose’s comment!

  • Dollhouse… the story of “the little series that could”! :p

  • EKI

    I say they will go for:
    – Fringe (if it’s a last season show)
    – or Flash Forward (if it’s a new shoe)

    The best option would be LOST since it’s in its last season, but not starting until 2010, I don’t think they’ll go for it.

  • ewanspotter

    Glee… or NCIS: Los Angeles (such a stupid name).

  • forg


  • Matt

    I’m thinking the TV Addict is right… I’m going with The Big Bang Theory.

  • Rose,
    Congratulations for winning this week’s best comment!

    Thanks dammit, it’s about time somebody agreed with me 🙂

  • Michael

    I’m assuming it’s not going to be Glee, simply because it’s second episode premieres tomorrow already. I think that if EW is going for a controversial pick then they might go with The Jay Leno Show, as much as it would suck to see that it could make for a potentially great article. I have to guess it’s gonna be The Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, V, FlashForward, or that they’ll accidentally put Twilight on the cover.

  • Dave

    I think it will be Glee or Flash Forward. Glee they have been talking about a lot in the mag the last few weeks and Flash Forward has been advertised a lot in the magazine as well.

  • bws

    I’m going with Flash Forward like a lot of other people. I think it has the most buzz by far. Glee has the most buzz on this particular website no doubt but overall, I think FF has it. And it has a very beautiful cast to show off.

  • Ace

    It would be great if people were right and it was Glee. I could also see them doing a thing about the “resurgance of the sitcom” and put Big Bang Theory, HIMYM, Modern Family, etc. on the cover. It just seems like it has been a while since there were a lot of well written (aka not Two and a Half Men) comedies at once.

  • Josh Emerson

    Modern Family or Flash Forward.

    I actually just got an email from the EW website today advertising a special advance preview of Modern Family online. And FF easily has the most buzz of any new show, so that’s a given to be considered. I’d rather see MF get the exposure though.

  • New show – Glee. Old show – if they’d do that Big Bang Theory cover I’d kiss the editors of EW.

  • Linda B.

    I’m going with Jay Leno.

  • marc

    I think you are right TV Addict and your mock up looked so good, right down to the details, I almost thought it was real

  • Tim

    I pick ABC’s Flash Forward. I hope it’s not another Twilight cover somehow. LOL funny Rose.

  • joaquin

    Big Bang Theory would make perfect sense indeed. If they go with a returning show, I think it will be Big Bang or Grey’s. If they go for new, Glee or Melrose Place would have made sense had they not premiere before the issue hits the stands, so I would think Cougartown, Jay Leno or NCIS Los Angeles.
    If I were choosing, I would do Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Ed O’Neill and Courtney Cox. I think ABCs 4 new sitcoms is the biggest story this fall.

  • Sarah

    If it’s a new show, Misha Barton or Courtney Cox or Melrose Place.
    If it’s a returning, 90210, Elisa Dushku or Grey’s Anatomy!
    I would love Elisa Dushku!

  • Andy

    New show would have to be Glee, they are totally into that over at Entertainment Weekly. If they had to choose an old stand out show I am gonna say Fringe being the really only breakout hit last year. But I bet they will go for Glee.

  • Emily

    Flash Forward.

  • EKI

    Another option I just thought of:

    -They’re gonna go for Elizabeth Mitchell (V+Lost)

  • Chelsea

    I think I’m gonna go with Glee!

  • Jason

    I hope it’s How I met Your Mother, with NPH hosting the Emmy’s and the continued success of the show it would make sense. But I think we will staring at the chin of one Jay Leno.

  • I just realized that The Mentalist’s Simon Baker is the dark horse of this race.