His Royal Highness, Prince William, announced his engagement yesterday to the rest of the world.
I'm old enough to remember his parents' wedding, and I was actually in England when the little tyke was born. So I should be getting my invitation any day now.
When Charles and Diana were married in 1981, there were only three TV networks, plus a handful of cable outlets. So the wedding itself was THE TV event of the year. It was broadcast live in the US, and it was one of those things you remember where you were when it took place.
It'll be interesting to see how big the William wedding will be to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton. She's the first commoner to marry into the Royal family in a few centuries, but the Brits don't seem to mind that these days.
The wedding will, of course, be a huge affair, but with so many channels out there compared to 1981, will it get the same sort of worldwide coverage?
My guess is yes. With so many cable channels devoted to individual subjects, there are a host of opportunities for special coverage of the event. No doubt the Food Network will go nuts over the menu for the guests and the creation of the cake. Style will have a field day over the design of the dress.
And viewers can watch on BBC America, listening to the play-by-play coverage in William's native tongue, what my father calls the Queen's English.
Anyway, in this age of global media and the internet, I expect the William wedding to have even more coverage than his parents, if that's possible.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Sorry for non-posting yesterday. I'm covering for two other reporters this week in addition to my own stuff.
"Human Target" (Fox, 8 p.m.) kicks off a new season tonight after originally being slotted for Fridays. Indira Varma ("Rome," "Luther") joins the cast as a wealthy woman who bankrolls the team. This is a fun show, reminiscent of those '80s style action shows that never took themselves too seriously. It's followed by "Hell's Kitchen."
After an all-new block of its sitcoms, ABC airs "25 years of People's Sexiest Man Alive" at 10 p.m. I think I'll skip that one, in protest for being left off the list.
If you stuck with "Undercovers," (NBC, 8 p.m.) enjoy it while you can -- it's one of the last three left since NBC pulled the plug on one of the most bland shows on TV. It's followed by "Law & Order: SVU" and "L&O: LA" from 9-11 p.m.
CBS has "Survivor," "Criminal Minds" and "The Defenders," while the CW has a new "Hellcats" at 8 p.m. PBS continues with its docudrama, "The Circus" at 9 p.m.
Finally, on cable, BBC America has two hours of "I'd Do Anything," as the young ladies continue to battle for a role on Andrew Lloyd-Webber's new production of "Oliver."
USA airs a new episode of "Psych" at 10 p.m.
On my favorite of the season's new shows, "Terriers" (FX, 10 p.m.) is heavy into flashbacks this week as we see how Hank and Britt met and how Hank lost his job as a cop. I've seen all of the episodes for the rest of the season, and the show takes a much darker tone over the final few, but it's still very good viewing.