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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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Will Ferrell Practices His Royal Bow, Does Harry Caray at the Royal Wedding (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 27th 2011 4:22AM
Will Ferrell, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Even though he's not going to be in attendance at the Royal Wedding, Will Ferrell still dressed up in his fineries for his appearance on 'Late Show with David Letterman' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). Coincidentally, Matt Lauer was dressed almost identically for his 'Late Night' appearance tonight.

Ferrell proceeded to offer his practiced greeting to the royal couple to Letterman's audience. All was going well, though his curtsy was a little wobbly, until Ferrell decided to approach the camera and lay a big, wet kiss on it.

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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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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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What to Watch: April 25 - May 1

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 25th 2011 2:30AM

Glee - Tuesday April 26, 8PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

'Glee' goes back to Gaga for a special 90 minute episode called 'Born This Way.' 90 minutes feels to me like a whole lotta plotless singing and emoting, but at least it's shorter than the Royal Wedding. Lauren and Quinn compete for prom queen, Santana schemes and Rachel makes a big decision. But most worrysome is Emma, who finally confronts her obsessive issues. I'm glad for her, but if Emma gets over her OCD, will she have any personality or character left at all? Or will she just be a shell of a woman, holding up cute outfits?

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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:


'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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Alfred Molina On Watching the Royal Wedding: 'I'd Rather Eat My Elbows' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 22nd 2011 4:36AM
Alfred Molina, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Despite what some people in America might think, the British are not all excited about the forthcoming Royal Wedding. And yet, Alfred Molina's lack of interest in the whole affair was apparently crippling news to one interviewer, according to 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS).

"So the Royal Weddings' at the end of April. Are you gonna be there?" the woman asked him.


She then asked if he was going to be watching or even was interested and got the same answer. At that point, according to Molina, she was basically crippled as if he'd not only run through her only topic of conversation, but had shattered her very perception of reality.

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Frankie Gets Swept Up in Royal Wedding Fever on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 12:47AM
'The Middle' - 'Royal Wedding'When Royal Wedding fever struck the Midwest, Frankie Heck got a bad case of it on 'The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC). The allure that a commoner could wake up one day and find herself a princess was just magical enough a fantasy that she could get swept up in the beauty of it.

For a fleeting moment, perhaps, she had the chance to step outside her own mundane existence and imagine opulence beyond imagination. And for a reasonable price, she could bring some of that opulence into her home, as she did when she ordered a commemorative plate, tea cup and ... necklock?

"Now here's something of historical significance," Mike said, pulling it out of the box. "In case we want to pinpoint the exact moment when you lost your mind." Axl nailed it by comparing it to the clocks Flava Flav wears around his neck.

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Kathy Griffin Is Hoping for Drunk Royals for Her Royal Wedding Special (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 20th 2011 4:08AM
Kathy Griffin, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Kathy Griffin is getting all excited for her forthcoming special covering the royal wedding, and she got Craig Ferguson excited too on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). She's hoping for some crazy hats and maybe a drunk royal or two.

"If anyone could get drunk and fall, that would be heaven," she said.

While Griffin's money is on the maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, Ferguson suggested she keep an eye on Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles.

"That's the outside bet for me," he said. "I think she likes the gin."

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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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'Access Hollywood Live' Counts Down to the Royal Wedding With a Bad Sid Vicious Impression (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 1st 2011 5:35PM
A bad Sid Vicious for the Royal Wedding Countdown on 'Access Hollywood Live' They have been marking the days on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) until Prince William marries Kate Middleton with a "Royal Wedding Countdown," which today featured an obnoxious Sid Vicious impression from one of the show's producers. Every day there has been something new associated with the theme of English culture; today the Sex Pistols got their shot.

The producer was dressed in a leather jacket, white T-shirt and checkered pants, being held up by one of the crew while yelling supposedly rude things in an English accent, authenticated the repeated use of the word "bloody," with the crew member sometimes holding a small yellow sign that read "censored" over his mouth. When asked how many days it would be until the wedding, he yelled "Today!", then gave them the count: 28 days left until the April 29 nuptials.

The show's version of Vicious yelled his slurred words, clutching a bottle of wine. For the record, Vicious died of a heroin overdose. We're guessing that would have been too edgy for daytime TV.

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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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Syfy Renews 'Face Off,' 'Mad Men' and 'FNL' Faves Book TV Roles and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 16th 2011 6:00PM
Face OffSyfy announced today that it's bringing back 'Face Off,' its reality competition to find Hollywood's best special effects makeup artists.

The show's first season averaged 1.4 million viewers, Deadline reports.

'Face Off' pits a combination of seasoned Hollywood pros and up-and-coming artists against each other in a series of timed challenges, TV Squad's own Mike Moody explained at the beginning of the season. The winner walked away with $1,000,000 and a year's worth of professional makeup supplies.

In other TV news ...

Disney has anointed the new heir to Miley Cyrus' crown: Debby Ryan. The 'Suite Life' starlet is the latest actress to get her own show on the channel. 'Jessie' follows a teenager from Texas who moves to New York and becomes an au pair for a wealthy family. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Mad Men' still isn't officially coming back, but Rich Sommer has booked a guest role in the meantime. The man also known as Harry Crane will appear in an upcoming episode of 'Nikita' as an electrical engineer and CIA consultant who helps Nikita break into Division. [TV Line]

Recent 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Chuck' guest star Lauren Cohan has scored her own CW show. The actress will play a young female attorney who tackles cases with a former angel. '90210' star Ryan Eggold has also landed a lead role. Meanwhile, 'Gossip Girl' guest star Kevin Zegers will play one of the leads on Josh Schwartz's 'Georgetown' pilot. [Deadline]

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Netflix Buys Kevin Spacey / David Fincher Series, 'Joan and Melissa' Renewed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 15th 2011 7:00PM
NetflixNot content to remain a middle man in the "getting quality television programming directly to consumers" game, Netflix is teaming up with Oscar-snubbed director David Fincher and Kevin Spacey to air the duo's original series 'House of Cards.'

Deadline reports that Neflix outbid premium cable networks for the drama by offering a two-season, 26-episode commitment. The company had previously said it wasn't interested in getting into original programming, but with competitors like Amazon nipping at their heels, it seems like a smart move.

In other TV news ...

Could Ricki Lake return to TV? Depends on what Katie Couric wants to do. If the CBS anchor doesn't renew her contract and heads to daytime instead, Lake's out of luck. [Broadcasting & Cable]

Joan and Melissa will be back for more hijinks in 2012. WE tv renewed the mother-daughter duo's reality show for a second season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Another taxidermy show? As Sarah Palin might say, you betcha! The Discovery Channel announced a new special called 'Taxidermy USA' that's scheduled to air March 31. Do we really need to explain what it's about? [Discovery]

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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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