Programs: Heyday of the Girlie Galas

Summer is the time for reruns — intentional or otherwise. Last week, NBC presented "the most unusual and exciting competitive pageant in America," but alas, it still looked like all those other un-unusual and unexciting pageants that parade across the screen this time of the year. There again was the line of dimpled sweet young things, gowns aglitter with sequins, hair piled high and smiles frozen in place from hours of practice before the mirror. There was the usual Congeniality Award and the inevitable quiz to test "poise, conciseness, speech and intelligence"...