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Bob Costas eyes his return, NBC Olympics EP defends Bode Miller interview

After six nights away from his Fortress of Solitude desk, Bob Costas will return to NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage Monday night. Speaking on a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Costas categorized his pinkeye status: “On the injury list of 1 to 10, this is now at about a 2.” The light sensitivity and blurriness has subsided, but, “as people will see tonight, there’s still some redness there,” he said. “It won’t look as bad as it did the last night I was on the air. And probably it will look better 10 days from now, but the Olympics will be over, so you just go with it.” READ FULL STORY

Meredith Vieira will fill in for Bob Costas in prime time -- VIDEO

Lauer: You’re out. Vieira: You’re in.

The former Today anchor will make history Friday as the first solo woman ever to anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage. She’ll be succeeding Matt Lauer, who first stepped in for ailing colleague Bob Costas earlier this week. (NBC says that though Costas’s eye infection has improved, he’s still “not quite ready to do the show.”)

“It’s so funny — I woke up this morning and I was feeling fine. And now my eyes are killing me,” Vieira joked on NBC’s morning show Friday. “I watched you guys [Lauer and Al Roker] attempt the luge. I think I’m going blind. And I’m really worried because I have to go prime time tonight.”

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2014 Olympics: Matt Lauer to fill in for infection-fighting Bob Costas -- VIDEO

The pinkos have finally won.

By that, of course, I’m referring to Bob Costas’s red-rimmed eyes — inflamed with an infection that’s plagued NBC’s lead Olympic commentator since the network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Games began last week. (The infection started in Costas’s left eye and has subsequently spread to his right.)

Though Costas has soldiered on despite his ailment — even gamely downing a glass of vodka with Mary Carillo night — the Peacock announced Tuesday that the sportscaster is finally stepping aside, at least for one night. Costas will be taking the day off from coverage; Today anchor Matt Lauer will fill in for him during NBC’s primetime broadcast.

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Bob Costas to guest on Matthew Perry's 'Go On' -- EXCLUSIVE

Bob Costas is going for comedy gold: The veteran sportscaster — who recently finished anchoring NBC’s Summer Olympics coverage — will guest-star as himself on Matthew Perry’s new Peacock sitcom, Go On. READ FULL STORY

Olympic opening ceremonies: Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor lend their voices

Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor will narrate “a five-minute opus magnus” that will open NBC’s coverage of tomorrow night’s Summer Olympic opening ceremonies in London. Executive producer Jim Bell made the announcement during an afternoon conference call with media representatives. “It is pretty breathtaking,” he said. “I think it will give you a sense of the flavor of our coverage and the feeling we’re all having going into these games.”

Bell promised that London’s opening ceremonies will rival Beijing’s spectacle from the 2008 Games. “Having seen it … I can tell you that it includes some amazing moments,” said Bell, “including one that I think will be among the most astonishing and memorable in opening-ceremony history, and one that people will be talking about for years to come.” READ FULL STORY

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