The NBC interview of Bode Miller in which interviewer Christin Cooper all but twisted Mr. Miller’s skis off to get him to cry about his dead brother was television at its most exploitative and absolute worst.
Taking time out of his schedule of playing a forensic cadaver-peeler on Hannibal, former Kids In the Hall member Scott Thompson joined Stephen Colbert last night in character as Buddy Cole, that lovable, flaming barfly, and new Sochi correspondent for the show. This can go only amazingly.
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Unfortunately the Olympics do not feature competitive singing. But there is no doubt, if such a sport existed, that the Russian Police Choir’s surreal performance of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at the opening ceremony in Sochi would win gold in that category.
CNN has hired Times media reporter Brian Stelter, who has previously said that he “would not leave the Times for a television job.” Along with his media reporting duties, he’ll also host Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” program. (Politico)
Is there anything more beautiful than feeling the cool air of fall start to kick back up? Then again, is there anything more depressing than coming to realize in the very same moment that summer has nearly passed? Sure, we’ve spent these waning days of late July and early August complaining about the heat, but who ever wants to contemplate seasonal change? What did we really do with our summer, after all?
Poor Bob Costas. Now we know why the NBC news host and Olympics anchor has been sequestered away in his tower of green screens and library books: because other people at the network’s local affiliates are planning on killing him.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle crafted an epic opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It was filled with uniquely British pageantry, drama, great music and classically quirky humor. At least American audiences afflicted with NBC’s tape-delayed coverage of the Friday night spectacular think Mr. Boyle accomplished this. We can’t be sure, because the consensus online seems to be that NBC’s tape-delayed coverage of the Opening Ceremony was terrible. Screen Rant was pointed:
We’re smack-dab in the middle of those Olympics, and that means we’re up to our eyeballs in guys named Dick. Here, our handy guide to which is which.
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Watching the wonderful spectacle of the Olympics this year, one finds the world outside the sports arenas constantly intruding. Russia manages to invade Georgia, human rights activists try to communicate their message to the world and oh yeah, breathing in Beijing remains a challenge. All of these issues are important, but as you might expect, Read More
Over the weekend, Allison Romano of Broadcasting & Cable took an in-depth look at NBC’s plans for broadcasting the upcoming Olympic games in China.
According to Ms. Romano, this year’s coverage of the games by NBC represents a "radical shift reflecting a more technologically savvy era," that will result in more sports than ever Read More