If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a voracious book reader, music listener, moviegoer, TV viewer, and (quite possibly) style watcher. But if anyone ever told you your pop-culture consumption over the past 11 months was a vain pursuit, well, now is your chance to prove ‘em wrong. Yes, PopWatchers, Entertainment Weekly is planning its annual Best and Worst of 2008 issue, and we want your picks for the best (and worst) movies, TV shows, albums (and singles), books, and style from this delightful calendar year. For me, the first nominees that popped into my head were from the small screen: a whip-smart (and often hilarious) news program that not only won a spot on my DVR, but frequently got played before my fictional faves (Countdown With Keith Olbermann, the best) and a reality competition so awful, I was awestruck once a week all summer long when I saw it perched atop the Nielsen ratings chart (America’s Got Talent, the worst). My other right-off-the-top-of-my-head picks: Little Jackie’s The Stoop (best CD) (that’s the band in the upper left corner of our picture) and Janet Jackson’s disastrous tour outfit (worst style). Perhaps the sight of that gold-casing heinoustry in the mirror every night led to the health woes that caused Miss Jackson to cancel so many tour dates this year?
But enough about my entertainment peaks and valleys from 2008 — it’s your turn to sound off. We’ll be mining your comments to create polls that will be the basis for reader-generated portions of EW’s Best and Worst issue, so nominate early (and often) on the message boards below!