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Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Tara Lipinski to play herself on Jim Carrey's Kidding
The NBC figure skating commentator and gold medal-winning ice skater will appear in multiple episodes of the Showtime comedy. Lipinski last played herself on a 2016 episode of NBC's Superstore.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
NBC only showed 60% of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
About 51 minutes, or 40%, of the Closing Ceremony was left on the cutting room floor. Among the moments NBC decided to cut were much of the final fireworks/light show. ALSO: Here are the good, bad and ugly of NBC's PyeongChang Games coverage.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
NBC deserves credit for its stellar Winter Olympics coverage
NBC's decision to let many events play out live in primetime resulted in fewer prepackaged stories and a much-improved game. "The live element sometimes kept NBC from overindulging its worst impulses," says Todd VanDerWerff. "But even in cases when NBC heavily packaged a program around an event that had happened hours earlier — as with the opening ceremony — its choices were generally smarter." But VanDerWerff acknowledges that his praise for NBC may be due to the low bar set by NBC's Rio Summer Olympics coverage. "Its 2016 coverage of the Summer Games (at least in its primetime program) was such a mess that it really had nowhere to go but up," he says. "Some of it was that NBC is almost always better at covering the Winter Games, where the US tends to be less dominant than at the Summer Games, meaning NBC has to cast about for interesting stories about people from other countries, rather than running nonstop human interest stories about American athletes. And some of it was that many of the storylines at these Olympics, especially in the heavily watched sport of figure skating, were unusually compelling."
- Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon "dumped the sass and doubled down on the stats" for the Closing Ceremonies -- to mixed results
- Mike Tirico reflects on his first time as primetime host -- which he'll rewatch, again! -- and reveals he's become closer to Bob Costas
- Which Todd is better, Todd Harris or Todd Richards?
- NBC's women’s downhill was Olympics TV at its best—authentic, empathetic and thrilling to watch
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 3:48AM EST
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
“Parades, K-Pop, fireworks, costumes, dancing – who better to host the world’s biggest party than Tara, Johnny and Terry," sais NBC Olympics president Jim Bell of the figure skating analyst duo, who have been stars of these PyeongChang Games. They will be joined by play-by-play partner Terry Gannon. "For this assignment to happen, it’s a huge honor and privilege," says Lipinski. "I’m so excited to embark on this new and exciting adventure and bring the Closing Ceremony to the U.S.”
# TOPICS: Winter Olympics, NBC, Closing Ceremony, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Bode Miller, Chloe Kim, Jim Bell, Jimmy Fallon, Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon, Late Night, NBC Sports
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Bob Costas is definitely missed during these Winter Olympics
"Props to the affable Mike Tirico, who is being fast-tracked into NBC's No.1 sports role," says Chris Erskine. "But he is proof that you can be the consummate pro and still come up lacking in certain respects." Erskine says it's the Olympics where the greats are made, especially in the broadcast booth. "Costas was always himself — brash, knowledgeable, poised, with an appreciation for the moment," says Erskine. "No one, not even the whip-smart Howard Cosell, was faster on his feet in live interviews. Sadly, Costas will probably best be remembered not so much for the decades of first-class sportscasting, but for a stubborn case of pink eye that struck during the Games in Sochi, Russia, and became the talk of the nation."
- Gus Kenworthy getting a kiss from his boyfriend was an NBC Olympics first
- NBC Sports boss: We're down 6%, but we're "through the roof" in streaming numbers
- French ice dancer's breast was exposed on NBC
- Scott Hamilton on learning NBC was demoting him: “There was a sadness for about 10 minutes"
- Why do Winter Olympics commentators use "women" or "ladies"?
- Leslie Jones, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir made a Beyoncé-inspired video
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Olympic broadcasters need to have personality, zero chill and the ability to know when to shut up
Those are just three of the five things that make Olympic broadcasters great, according to Jen Chaney. The other two are expertise and the ability to match the mood of an event. Here is Chaney on the broadcasting quality of knowing when to shut up: "This matters because you can avoid saying things on live television that you’ll need to apologize for later, but even more importantly, it’s also a way to let a moment breathe. During Shaun White’s final gold-medal-winning halfpipe run earlier this week, the Todds (snowboarding commentators Todd Harris and Todd Richards) stopped talking as White prepared to go for his medal, letting the moment and the tension speak for itself. They did the same thing while White waited for his score to be announced. A good Olympics broadcaster can read a moment and understand when the best thing he or she can do is just get out of the way."
- Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have elevated NBC's Winter Olympics with their chemistry and frank analysis
- Watch a German's figure skater's Game of Thrones-themed routine
- NBC's streaming of the Winter Olympics has been frustrating
- Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis deserved the redemption narrative NBC gave to Shaun White
- Olympians should get their medals immediately after the event
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Mike Tirico hasn't done anything memorable as the new Olympics host, and NBC "must be thrilled"
"Why does Mike Tirico exist?" asks Willa Paskin. NBC had an opportunity to reimagine its Olympics coverage when replacing Bob Costas. Instead, the network "has essentially reupholstered that old chair," says Paskin, noting that picking Tirico was a way of making sure it didn't shake up a format that has proven successful. The only interesting thing so far, she points out, was Tirico's interview with Shaun White, since both have been accused of sexual harassment in the past. "Tirico has promised to be less political than Costas, and he’s done nothing in his first week on set to suggest he’ll rock the Olympics boat," says Paskin. "If Costas was a shishito pepper—nine times out of 10, not spicy at all!—then Tirico is a banana pepper—maybe after a few days in vinegar he’d sort of make your mouth tingle. Tirico has ably stepped into the job of host by doing nothing memorable, all while emitting a faint whiff of being perfectly pleasant."
- Tirico addressed the Florida school shooting: “It’s in the thoughts of every American over here, half a world away in South Korea"
- NBC seemed to be afraid of the optics of Tirico asking White about sexual harassment
- NBC appears to have decided that it won't touch on sexual misconduct during the Olympics
- NBC commentator Bode Miller apologizes after "joking" that skier Anna Veith's marriage was to blame for her poor performance
- NBC hasn't done a good job explaining Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's roles as commentators
- In praise of Weir and Lipinski: They are less sentimental and more in tune with Olympians than other commentators