Prince William and Kate Middleton: Must See TV

Forget Vanessa, Jessica and maybe LeAnn. Kate Middleton -- the soon-to-be Princess Catherine -- has gracefully trumped them all with Tuesday's announcement that she is betrothed to Prince William. Finally!

Now the question is, will the royal wedding be televised? Almost a billion TV viewers tuned in to watch William's mother, Princess Diana, wed Prince Charles in 1981. With the advent of DVRs, American fans won't have to get up in the middle of the night to watch Wills and Kate exchange vows next spring or summer.

"We very much hope we will be able to broadcast the service to the U.K. and the world," a BBC spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. "If that is the case, there is no doubt the wedding will be enjoyed by one of the biggest audiences in history."

In any case, there will be plenty of airtime devoted to the happy couple in the months to come. The BBC has cancelled its evening line-up and is hastily preparing a news special as well as William & Kate: A Royal Engagement, and the engagement news continues to dominate the 24-hour news cycle and entertainment channels.

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