Tonight, two shows with English stars hit American TV: one features the host of So You Think You Can Dance, Cat Deely, and Americans who are crazy about the royal wedding, while the other features chef Jamie Oliver once again trying to fix an American city’s unhealthy eating habits.
On Royally Mad, a two-part series that debuts at 10 p.m. ET on BBC America, Cat Deely will take “America’s five most royal-obsessed fans … on London’s royal wedding path as they live the royal dream and compete to be crowned number-one fan.” (Watch a preview of the wedding-obsessed cast.)
That airs in advance of the April 29 wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton, which Cat Deely says has grabbed some Americans’ attention because we lack our own monarchy. “I think it’s because they just don’t have one themselves. On both sides of the Atlantic, we’re brought up with fairy stories and princes and princesses and living happily ever after. The closest thing they have is the first lady and the president, and I don’t think there has been anybody in the glamour stakes since the Kennedys,” she told the AP.
Earlier, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution won the outstanding reality program Emmy last fall, and for its second season, he tried to go to Los Angeles schools, but got rejected by the school district, which previews suggest will be part of the series. Instead, ABC says in a press release, Oliver “opens a kitchen in Westwood, where he hopes to provide educational tools to combat the obesity epidemic, and attends a school lunch convention, where he discovers a seminar advocating flavored milk in schools”; he’ll also “[attempt] to create a healthy fast food menu in a local drive thru restaurant.”