by Allessandra Stanley

“There’s nothing like a regal celebration to bring out the royal pains of American television.  And the four-day extravaganza to celebrate the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II was particularly rich in folly.

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“ABC was hardly alone in finding silly and self-serving ways to pep up Jubilee coverage, but there was a particular élan at ‘GMA,’ which has narrowed the lead of ‘Today’ on NBC, and has actually come out ahead in weekly viewership several times in recent months.  ABC didn’t prevail by getting more substantive than NBC; the Jubilee provided a fresh canvas for the program’s newfound confidence in dumbing down.”