Macy’s Paradigm

One of my biggest pet peeves about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is when someone erroneously calls it the “Macy’s Day Parade.” It occasionally happens during a live telecast, which is somewhat understandable. However there is no excuse for NBC to include the misspeak by Jenna Elfman during a recorded promo for a show called “1600 Penn”. The promo aired during NBC’s broadcast of the parade this morning.

Matt Lauer surprised me when he didn’t know how to pronounce the title of the famous Gershwin song, “‘S Wonderful.” He was introducing a performance by Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara who sang the song from “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a musical featuring songs by the Gershwins. Instead of blending the S and W like they do in the song, Lauer read the S like it was a first initial.

Of all the Broadway performances, my wife and I liked the preview of “Cinderella” best, starring Laura Osnes in the title role. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical was a popular TV special when my wife and I were kids.

During the broadcast, the network encouraged viewers to download a social media app called Zeebox. I read some reviews of it and decided against it because Facebook and Twitter do a good enough job for me. Yesterday, I downloaded Macy’s Parade app but I found it disappointing.

Parade viewers on social media had mixed feelings about whether or not Elmo should be on the “Sesame Street” float. Many agreed with Sesame Workshop that the character is bigger than any one performer. Others found it inappropriate that the telecast used the prerecorded voice of Kevin Clash, who resigned amid a scandal. Clash’s Elmo voice will continue to be heard on “Sesame Street” until 2014.


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