Radio & TV: The Week in Review

By its own admission, U.S. television is committed to the seemingly impossible task of pleasing everybody. Last week the industry came closer to the mark than usual, with a bumper assortment of parades, pageants, period pieces and political themes.

On Thanksgiving, viewers could spend hours watching what seemed the same parade marching endlessly through the streets of Manhattan, Philadelphia and Detroit, while a variety of announcers mimicked each other's intonations of synthetic joy at the sight of inflated balloon-figures, lavish floats loaded with pretty girls baring all their teeth, and determinedly jolly Santa...

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