The once-mighty British television empire has fallen to the blitzkrieg of inane American tele-teens. At least that’s the conclusion we’re drawing from this Guardian report, which says shows such as “90210” and “Glee” are responsible for a 500 percent explosion in prom bookings at just one hotel chain. — PZS

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Holiday Inn says it has seen a 500% rise in the number of proms being booked at its hotels, and the chain says the surge has come as a direct result of the success of US television programming.

[…] OnePoll’s survey of 1,000 people found that 40% of 18-year-olds were planning to attend prom events this year. “The increase in US TV shows is having a huge influence with American-style proms in particular growing in popularity,” said Holiday Inn spokesman Tom Rowntree.

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