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Michael Phelps set to cameo on Entourage

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 29th 2008 10:20AM
Michael Phelps set to cameo on EntourageAnnie posted earlier today about Michael Phelps' upcoming hosting duties on Saturday Night Live. The Olympic swimming champ isn't wasting any time capitalizing on his stardom, because now he's also landed a cameo on HBO's Entourage.

According to the World Entertainment News Network, the eight-time gold medal winner will appear as himself in an upcoming episode of the buddy-series, which begins its fifth season on Sept. 7.

Phelps certainly must have some good people working with him, because in addition to hosting SNL, he'll be among the presenters at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7.

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You can already order NBC's Olympics DVDs

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 21st 2008 4:23PM
Olympics DVDThe Olympics aren't even over until this Sunday, but you can already order the DVDs.

NBC will release three different DVD sets for the 2008 Beijing Games. The first DVD is titled Michael Phelps: Greatest Olympic Champion - The Inside Story, and will show all of his gold medal-winning races and behind the scenes footage that hasn't been seen before. The second set is titled 2008 Beijing Opening Ceremonies, and will feature two DVDs packed with footage of the expensive, epic opening ceremonies. The last set has the rather uninspired title of 2008 Beijing General Highlight DVD (which I hope and pray gets a better title than that), which will be a recap of the entire Olympic Games. The opening ceremony DVD will be $29.99 and the others will sell for $19.99.

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Four reasons why I'm not watching the Olympics

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 11th 2008 2:04PM
OlympicsI feel bad about not watching the Olympics. It feels almost un-American. Not only am I not cheering on the US athletes, I'm also not watching 2000 hours of TV programming, which is even more against the ideals of this country. But I just can't get into any of the games or events. Why?

1. I'm not that interested in sports, actually. There are two sports that I truly love: tennis and baseball (in that order). So if I were to watch the Olympics, I would suddenly have to become a fan of swimming or volleyball or track and field or weightlifting, and if I don't watch those shows the rest of the year why would I suddenly get an intense interest in them every few years? I have a general "I hope the USA does well" feeling, of course, and I'm glad to hear that Michael Phelps and Dara Torres are doing well, and I hope the U.S. tennis team does well. But I think you really have to be into sports (or the human drama/stories aspect) to watch the Olympics at length.

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Fifteen percent of the world watched the Olympics

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 11th 2008 11:43AM
Olympics 2008Various polls taken on Monday indicate that approximately 1 billion people, or 15 percent of the world, tuned in to the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing. NBC has certainly scored a much-needed ratings gold mine with this (they held off showing the Opening Ceremonies for 12 hours in order to reach a prime-time audience).

Admittedly, I was hesitant when I heard the Olympics were in Beijing (I still am). They don't have the best record for human rights. I was worried that the revolution would begin sometime during the track and field events.

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NBC's big plan for the Olympics

by Brett Love, posted Jul 9th 2008 9:39AM
Alicia Sacramone - U.S. Gymnastics Do you ever watch Deadliest Catch and ask yourself, "How do they stay up for three days straight, pulling pots?" It would be good to know if you are a fan of the Olympics, because NBC is going to have some 3,600 hours of coverage from the games between TV, online, and mobile. The main network alone will have 225 hours over the 17 days.

On TV, there will be seven networks combining for the coverage, including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Telemundo, Universal HD, and Oxygen. All 34 sports will get airtime, and 75% of that will be live on the east coast. Apparently all that coin they dropped to get the games gave NBC the stroke to get most of the key finals scheduled in the morning in Beijing, which will be prime time on the east coast. That prime time selection will include all 32 finals for swimming, four nights of gymnastics (featuring Alicia Sacramone, pictured), beach volleyball, and the marathons.

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2008 Olympics not on TV?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 11th 2008 9:59AM
Beijing OlympicsAccording to Time magazine, there are various organizational problems occurring that could lead to the Olympics not being broadcast on television. A series of unworkable conditions are being created for networks including limits on live coverage in Tiananmen Square and allegations that freight shipments of TV broadcasting equipment are being held up in Chinese ports.

The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled to begin on August 8th. According to the minutes of a May 29th meeting, procedures which have been used by broadcasters in other Olympics are conflicting with China's authoritarian government. Some plans are months behind schedule, which could force broadcasters to compromise coverage plans.

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Ready for 3,600 hours of Summer Olympics?

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 7th 2007 3:21PM
I don't know about you, but I stopped really caring about the Summer Olympics when the Dream Team fell apart. It is long, often boring and flooded with too much commentary. SHUT UP! I just want to watch the athletes do their thing!

Well it turns out I must be the only one complaining, because NBC plans on covering 3,600 hours of Summer Games across multiple networks. That is literally 150 days of continuous coverage. Five months of non-stop Olympic action. Almost half a freakin' year of Olympics? That may be a bit too much.

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