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Five Reasons Why I'm Watching the Royal Wedding (and Not Ashamed to Say So)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 27th 2011 11:30AM
I've been asked several times recently why I plan to get up in the wee hours on Friday and watch the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

That's an easy question to answer. We all define escapism differently, and for me, the wedding will provide hours and hours of mindless entertainment (thanks a bunch, U.K. taxpayers!).

Look, we royal wedding types aren't asking you to watch with us. If you want to go about your business and ignore the royal frippery on Friday, that is just fine with us.

But let me at least explain more fully why I will be unable to resist watching the whole thing, from start to finish, just as, the other night, I was sucked into a hour-long Barbara Walters special on the wedding (and why I read this entire list of 50 Things You Should Know About the Royal Wedding). Superman has his Kryptonite, I have royal weddings. It is simply not within my power to resist any of this.

So, by royal decree, here are five reasons I'm watching the wedding:

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Brit Jane Seymour Appreciates Kate Middleton's 'Commoner' Status (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 26th 2011 2:00PM
As the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton nears, you'll be hearing more and more about how Middleton is a 'commoner.'

Jane Seymour, who will be covering the wedding for 'Entertainment Tonight,' was on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN), where she and Morgan discussed how being a "commoner" is far from being the insult it would seem.

"Everybody loved [Princess] Diana so much, so to have her eldest son marry a commoner, marry one of their kind, Kate, is very, very special," the British-born Seymour explained.

"People in America tend to think the word commoner is sort of insulting, but it's not at all," British citizen Morgan added. "It's actually -- I think people in Britain are really proud that William has chosen as his wife someone who hasn't been born into pageantry or royalty. She's from an ordinary family."

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Sherri and Elisabeth Kiss in Honor of the Royal Wedding on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 26th 2011 12:45PM
Sherri and Elisabeth Kiss in Honor of the Royal Wedding on 'The View'The ladies of 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) wore masks of the royal family as a way to mark the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And, Sherri Shepherd, as William, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, as Middleton, engaged in a lengthy make-out session that was more unsettling than anything else.

Shepherd and Hasselbeck made loud kissing sounds, embraced and pushed their masked faces together in a semblance of kissing, giggling hysterically all the while. Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg, as Queen Elizabeth II, looked on, and she was not amused.

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50 Things You Should Know About the Royal Wedding

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 25th 2011 12:00PM


You might have heard ... there's this little wedding happening on April 29 ... some dude named Bill is marrying some girl named Katie. Oh, OK, we're talking about the wedding of the century, of course, the royal wedding, in which the future king of England, Prince William, will marry his college sweetheart, Kate Middleton.

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Elton John Warns Royal Couple About Tabloid Scrutiny (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 25th 2011 11:30AM
Elton John's Advice to Royal Couple: 'Enjoy It While You Can'On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Elton John praised Prince William and Kate Middleton as a loving couple and wished them happiness in their impending marriage. However, he warned, for Middleton especially, the future promises a "most difficult life" given the "negativity" and "hatefulness" in the British press.

"Let's face it. We know what that kind of marriage entails. The press never leave you alone ... I admire her for going through with it," John said of Middleton.

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The Royal Wedding: A Viewing Guide

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 24th 2011 9:00AM
William and KateMore than two billion (billion!) people from around the globe are expected to tune in for at least part of Friday's wedding of the century between Prince William and college sweetheart Kate Middleton.

There's certainly no lack of TV outlets offering coverage of everything Royal Wedding-related, from William and Kate's courtship to the big day to a post-wedding review. Here, a rundown of when and where to catch all the royal wedding happenings:

MONDAY, APRIL 25

'The Newlywed Game' Royal Week (Monday-Friday, 6:30PM, GSN) -- The Sherri Shepherd-hosted game show will have a different "monarchy" theme for each episode next week, including couples who were married in castles (Mon.), couples married in Queens (New York) on Weds., and couples named William and Kate on Friday.

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'William & Kate' Review: Was it Good-Bad or Just Plain Bad?

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 18th 2011 6:30PM
William and Kate, Royal WeddingLet's get this out of the way first: 'William & Kate' is a terrible movie. It's like the creators of this made-for-TV movie about Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship started out with a checklist of the most ridiculous rom-com cliches to include, then gave up and tossed them all in there instead. She's not interested in him at first! She's better at sports! He's a terrible cook! Their first kiss is in the rain! (Not upside-down, sadly.)

Of course, that's also the reason I loved it.

Fortunately, after a clunky opening half-hour (we know they're going to get together, just start dating already!), 'William & Kate' hits its stride with that magical combination of ridiculous script, wooden acting and that should-be-patented Lifetime Original Movie awkwardness that infiltrates every one of the channel's rushed-to-TV creations.

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'Chasing the Royals: The Media & the Monarchy' Digs Deep Into Royal Affairs

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Mar 30th 2011 4:30PM
It's been 13 years since Princess Diana died in that Parisian tunnel, but in some respects it seems like nothing has changed. The paparazzi, especially in the United Kingdom, still feverishly pursue the royal family, inundating them during lavish balls or catching them out drinking at the pub. 'Chasing the Royals: The Media & the Monarchy,' a documentary by Gemini Award–winning Montreal filmmaker John Curtin, peels back the jeweled curtain of the British monarchy and chronicles the tumultuous relationship between journalists and royals.

"The monarchy and the media are like an unhappily married couple who are constantly feuding but can't afford to divorce," says Curtin. "For better or for worse, they're together forever."

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Prince William, Kate Divulge First Impressions on 'Inside the Royal Wedding' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 28th 2011 4:50AM
William, Kate on 'Inside the Royal Wedding'It's the "wedding of the new millennium": Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29.

The future king of the United Kingdom explained in 'William & Kate: Inside the Royal Wedding' (Sun., 10PM ET on TLC) that he was interested in her from the first moment he saw her. "But we ended up being friends for a while and that was a good sort of foundation." He added dryly, "I'm obviously extremely funny, and she loves that."

For her part, Kate told a high school friend that she'd met "this really nice boy" at the University of St. Andrews. At the time, she would only reveal his name to be "Willie".

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'William & Kate' Actors Dish About Their Royal Wedding TV Movie

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 26th 2011 2:00PM
William and Kate, Royal WeddingIt takes a lot of nerve to assume the roles of Prince William of Wales and his soon-to-be-bride, Kate Middleton.

Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington, the actors who star in Lifetime's April 18 'William & Kate' TV movie, have already tasted what's in store for them as portrayers of the most famous bride and groom of our time.

Some choice critiques from the British press: Swindell has more hair than William. Luddington is more voluptuous than Kate. Swindell towers over his leading lady, while the real-life future king and queen are more evenly matched in height. And the movie was shot -- egad! -- in Hollywood, with only second unit filming done in Scotland and England.

Luddington tells TV Squad sister site PopEater that the day her casting was announced, there were reporters outside her family's home. Swindell recalls that tabloid types were waiting for them after a table reading of the 'William & Kate' script. "They were taking snaps and demanding interviews. It was funny, we had just finished reading the script, and then we were stepping outside into that reality. It gave me a very visceral feeling of what their world must be like, albeit a very minor one," he says.

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'William & Kate' Lifetime Movie Gets a Trailer ... Sorta

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 9th 2011 3:00PM
Kate Middleton, Prince WilliamPrince William and Kate Middleton might've taken their sweet time getting to the altar, but Lifetime is wasting no time rushing its TV movie about the couple's courtship to air before the April 29 royal wedding.

Lifetime has released the first, ultra-brief look at the movie, which is scheduled to premiere April 18 at 9PM ET. So, what do we learn from the clip? Well, not much. It's really short. What we do see: Nico Evers-Swindell as the future king of England and Camilla Luddington as his college sweetheart. Oh, and lots of people reiterating that Wills is "just a guy."

People had another tidbit from the film in the form of a sneak peek at one of the pages of the script:

"You're very popular," Kate tells her future husband.

"It's not me they like," William responds. "It's the idea of me they like."

Come on, people, it's the Royal Wedding! This is very important stuff! Watch the video after the jump.

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Lifetime Plans 'William & Kate' Movie

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 27th 2011 1:30PM
Prince William, Kate Middleton, royal weddingLifetime's latest ripped-from-the-headlines movie will be a tad less salacious than its usual fare. The channel is tackling the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in a film scheduled to air the week before the couple's April 29 nuptials.

'William & Kate' will chronicle the pair's "courtship and romance," according to E! Online. New Zealander Nico Evers Swindell will play the prince, but his lady love has yet to be cast. Ben Cross will play Charles.

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Margaret Cho Says Sarah Palin 'Forced' Bristol on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Royal Wedding Could be 3D and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 1st 2010 2:30PM
Margaret ChoApparently, Bristol Palin might not have been all that interested in competing on 'Dancing With the Stars' this season -- but her mother made her do it.

E! Online is reporting that comedian Margaret Cho, one of Bristol's 'DWTS' competitors, thinks Sarah Palin "forced" Bristol to take part in the reality show to make amends for her pregnancy during the 2008 election.

"Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she 'owed' it to her to do 'DWTS' so that 'America would fall in love with her again' and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way," Cho wrote on her blog.

In other TV news ...

'Entertainment Tonight' and 'Star Search' creator Al Masini, 80, died overnight in his adopted hometown of Honolulu. The legendary TV producer suffered a long battle with cancer. [CBS Los Angeles]

The April 29 Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton could be broadcast in 3D. Rupert Murdoch is investigating the possibility of adding another dimension to the TV event, which could have the largest audience in history. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Oprah will announce her newest book club selection on Monday. Jonathan Franzen, author of the current pick, 'Freedom,' will also appear on the show. [TV Guide]

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'SNL' Takes on the Prince William/Kate Middleton Engagement (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 22nd 2010 2:50AM
'SNL' Takes on the Prince William/Kate Middleton EngagementMeeting the grandparents is always difficult. Especially when you're engaged to the future King of England. And especially when the grandparents you're meeting are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. And especially when you're just a mere "commoner" yourself.

On the new 'SNL' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC), the show takes on the engagement of British heir-to-the-throne Prince William. After eight years of dating, William finally got engaged to "regular girl" Kate Middleton, his girlfriend.

The long delay between dating and making wedding plans earned Kate the cruel nickname of "Waity Katie" from the English press. But that's nothing compared to the cruel reception that Middleton (played by Anne Hathaway) gets from the royal family on 'Saturday Night Live.'

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Note to the Networks: William and Kate Won't Be As Big as Chuck and Di

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 18th 2010 5:30PM
Prince William and Kate Middleton in their first interview after announcing their engagement
As the morning news shows breathlessly came on the air Tuesday morning with their "Breaking News" about the engagement of England's Prince William to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton, I got an eerie feeling. I flashed back to 1981, when the engagement of William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, sent shock waves throughout both the US and the UK.

I was only ten years old at the time, but it's not hard to recall how captivated the US was by the couple, and by the prospects of viewing a royal wedding on live television. The country was going through a rough time; a divisive president was in the White House, the country was in the throes of a recession, and the country was under constant threat of attack.

Sound like a familiar scenario? It does to the news divisions of the various broadcast networks, because they're hoping against hope that the William/Kate wedding will be as big or bigger than the Charles/Di wedding, which drew an estimated 750 million viewers worldwide. "I think this (wedding's audience) is going to be close to (the Charles/Di audience). Maybe bigger," 'Good Morning America' executive producer Jim Murphy told the New York Post yesterday.

But it's not 1981 anymore. Which makes me wonder if the network's overheated coverage of this engagement is just an exercise in wishful thinking on their part.

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