The Summer Olympics wasn’t just about Phelps vs. Lochte, or smiling with Gabby Douglas while crying with Jordyn Wieber. It was also about those shower shots of British diver Tom Daley, bronze medalist in the men’s tense 10m platform competition. While NBC Olympic diving producer David Gibson insists he didn’t intentionally place graphics over the divers’ trunks to make them appear nude (“That was a coincidence,” he says, with a laugh), he does confirm that those Daley shower shots were, in fact, something he knew would be a hit with viewers. “I think we pretty much knew instantly, like yourself,” he says. “You could just tell. You could feel it in the truck. In the arena, when they put him up on the Jumbotron, people reacted to it.” For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage. READ FULL STORY
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Missy Franklin’s gold medals have won her a ticket to Rosewood.
The Olympic swimmer, who scored five medals in London this summer, is set to guest star on Pretty Little Liars, the network announced today.
In the episode, Emily (Shay Mitchell), who is a swimmer, ends up having coffee at The Brew with the gold medalist, who is playing herself. READ FULL STORY
They say you haven’t really arrived until Saturday Night Live parodies you, and if that’s true, then Ryan Lochte — Jeah! — officially became a Hollywood celebrity Saturday night, after SNL host Seth MacFarlane portrayed him as a lovable idiot who could barely string two words together on “Weekend Update.”
Lochte appears to be taking the parody in stride: “Well, I gotta admit that was a pretty harsh one, but it’s cool to have Seth parody me,” he told Celebuzz. “I think he pegged me wrong, but when I heard he did a skit I knew I was in for it!”
Lochte got to have the last laugh, though, spoofing his spoof by telling Celebuzz, “It’s all in fun and of course if I’m talked about on SNL I know they are gonna get me ‘Go-od,’” a reference to MacFarlane’s imitation where he pronounced the show Go On as ‘goon.’
Check out MacFarlane’s Lochte impression below: READ FULL STORY
Two weeks ago, you hardly knew Ryan Lochte, and you most likely would’ve walked right past Missy Franklin and Gabrielle Douglas without flinching unless they were wearing gold medals around their necks. But the Olympics have made them huge celebrities — albeit the rare breed of celebrity that only blooms once every four years. But before they begin to wilt in the shade, you can expect to see them take their victory laps on the talk-show circuit, beginning tonight. Douglas will sit down with Jay Leno, while David Letterman welcomes decathlon champ Ashton Eaton. The entire women’s gymnastics team will visit Letterman tomorrow, and Leno will host Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte later this week.
For these athletes, these close-ups are almost as crucial as their Olympic performances themselves, for America is now watching to see if their favorite Olympian has the aura and magnetism to appear in lackluster movies, dance in a reality show contest, or become a morning-show correspondent. America truly loves its heroes.
For an entire TV schedule of gold-medal guest stars, click below: READ FULL STORY
Opening ceremony auteur Danny Boyle is cutting a feature-length version of his cheeky, occasionally hallucinatory 2012 Olympics kickoff. British newspaper The Guardian reports that the finished product will be released on DVD, though it does not specify a release date.
Boyle told The Guardian that he hopes the disc will “make things clearer” for audiences, allowing them more time to spot details and references they may have missed during their first viewing. This version may speed up the Parade of Athletes as well. Boyle also plans to add more clips from classic films to the DVD, since time constraints forced him to shorten the live opening ceremony’s film montage. “It will make more sense in this version,” Boyle explained. READ FULL STORY
Why should Matthew Perry have all the fun?
NBC is going to show an extended preview of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming comedy series The New Normal during the Olympics tonight. The network will air more than two minutes from the series after the Women’s BMX Finals on Friday evening. The preview is expected to hit the air around 11:17 p.m.
The New Normal is the Glee co-creator’s new comedy about a Los Angeles gay couple (Andrew Rannells) and (Justin Bartha) who have their first child with the help of a surrogate (Georgia King) who has a rather narrow-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin).
NBC had considerable success previewing Perry’s new comedy Go On after the Olympics on Wednesday night, with the episode getting sampled by 16.1 million viewers. The network also showed an extended trailer for Revolution on Tuesday. On Sunday after the Closing Ceremony, NBC will air the full pilot for new comedy Animal Practice (exclusive clip here). New Normal premieres Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 p.m. READ FULL STORY
Sure the Olympics are a glitzy pageant of high-stakes athletic perfection beamed from half-way around the globe. But TV viewers can get bored of just about anything, and some are clearly feeling Summer Games fatigue. Thursday night, NBC dipped to its lowest viewership since the start of the Games, with “only” 22.4 million viewers tuning in, according to the preliminary ratings.
Over on CBS, some viewers opted to watch housemates compete in a trivia competition and vote each other out on Big Brother (6.2 million, 2.1) rather than see Olympians going for the gold.
The Olympics dip is to be expected now that high-interest sports like swimming, gymnastics and women’s beach volleyball have largely been replaced by track and field and diving. Still, the London Olympics have averaged 12 percent higher overall than the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. NBC hopes for a viewership spike during the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday evening, where it will preview its new sitcom Animal Practice.
What’s more incredible than Aliya Mustafina’s dazzling uneven bars routine? Try the thought of a world without cars, lights, television, computers, or air conditioning. That’s the premise of NBC’s Revolution, an apocalyptic series from J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau — and if the extended preview that aired during tonight’s Olympics coverage is any indication, a post-electric society could be just as riveting as the London games.
Check the clip below to catch a glimpse at Revolution‘s first episode, which features analog weapons in action, a spooky flooded Chicago, a plucky girl with a boy’s name, and Giancarlo Esposito being Giancarlo Esposito.
NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus and NBC Research Group President Alan Wurtzel defended the network’s Summer Olympics coverage strategy during a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. Here’s the duo taking on several burning questions, including the network’s decision to tape-delay certain events.
– How have the Olympics performed so far? Actually quite great. Ratings are up 10 percent from the last Summer Games in Beijing. The coverage package might show a profit for NBC instead of another $200+ million loss like in Vancouver in 2010. Lazarus says NBC’s affiliates, advertisers, and partners are all happy (plus some viewers too). “We couldn’t be more pleased by the results on all of our platforms,” Lazarus said. “We are over-delivering on every day part.”
– Why isn’t more coverage live? READ FULL STORY
You know that NBC loses millions upon millions covering the Olympics, right?
Maybe not this year.
NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus told reporters Thursday morning that the network’s coverage might actually show a profit. Previously, the company estimated it would lose around $200 million.
“With ratings and sales increases, we’ve made significant incremental money and we will now be around break even — no qualifiers,” Lazarus said. “It’s a small chance that we can make a little bit of money. We’ll know over the next couple weeks.”
In 2010, NBC lost more than $200 million on the Winter Olympics. NBC’s Summer Olympics coverage has posted significant ratings gains since the Opening Ceremony aired last week. Though many of us have criticisms of NBC’s tape-delay strategy (and we’ll have a post with Lazarus addressing that in a few minutes), the company avoiding a huge hit is good news: We all want to continue having massive comprehensive Olympics coverage on a ton of platforms, regardless of the broadcast network.
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