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One Last Note About The Olympics, From Jimmy Fallon

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2010 11:28AM
Because of The Olympics, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' wasn't on for the past few weeks, which means he couldn't do his regular "Thank You Notes" segment on Friday nights. But he was in Vancouver and sat down with Bob Costas and a studio audience and did an Olympics-themed version of the bit. Costas accompanies him on keyboard.

Funny how Costas mentions Craig Kilborn at the end. I still have a memory of Kilborn doing something like "Thank You Notes" on his CBS show, or am I remembering wrong?

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Lindsey Vonn Lands Bit Role on 'Law & Order'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2010 2:09PM
Lindsey_Vonn_cropped_head Was that a real moment between Bob Costas and Lindsey Vonn during the NBC coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Saturday night ... or just a typical cross promotion for the Peacock network? You be the judge.

The gold medal winning American downhill ski champion, one of the darlings of the Vancouver games, appeared with Costas. At the end of the interview, Bob reminded Lindsey that she's the biggest 'Law & Order' fan in the world. Lindsey didn't deny it. She said it was true and the video they showed of her visiting the set and gushing about the show looked very sincere.

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What You Missed Last Night: Stephen and Ed Colbert At The Olympics

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 2:02PM
The commentary and analysis of The Olympics is more interesting than the Olympics themselves, like Joel's post about 'Today' and their coverage of the Games and the one about the ratings. Also, this clip from 'The Colbert Report.' Stephen is doing his shows this week from Vancouver, and last night he had his brother (an attorney) on to let him know what he can and cannot say about the Olympics so NBC doesn't get sue him.

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NBC's Olympic Coverage Stinks, But It Gets Results

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 22nd 2010 8:22PM
NBC's Vancouver Olympics logoComplaining about how NBC covers the Olympics is almost an Olympic sport all by itself. Pretty much ever since the Atlanta games in 1996, NBC has been raked over the coals for tape-delaying events and concentrating on stories instead of the sports themselves.

The outrage has been especially loud when the Games have been held in North America, mainly because the time differences are minimal. The hue and cry has been louder than ever from Vancouver, mainly because, in a world where results can be shot around to every computer and cell phone in the world via Twitter and Facebook, NBC is shooting itself in the foot with what seems to be 1990s thinking.

Here's the rub, though: The Olympics are kicking tail in the ratings, despite all the complaints.

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Actor Who Played "Boner" on 'Growing Pains' Is Missing

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 21st 2010 1:30PM
Andrew KoenigLike a lot of people nowadays, I seem to hear all of my breaking news reports on Twitter, and that's how I found out that actor and activist Josh Andrew Koenig is missing. If the name doesn't ring a bell, he's the son of actor Walter Koenig ('Star Trek') and played Boner on the 80s sitcom 'Growing Pains.'

Koenig was last seen in Vancouver last week. He was supposed to fly back home on February 16 but did not board the flight and no one has heard from him since. Those familiar with the writing of Harlan Ellison know that the story "Jeffty is Five" was inspired by Koenig.

Koenig has been a political activist for quite some time and is also a camera operator on Never Not Funny. Several celebrities, including VH-1's Doug Benson, Jimmy Pardo (Koenig's brother-in-law), Sarah Silverman, Alyssa Milano, and 'How I Met Your Mother' star Alyson Hannigan have been tweeting about his disappearance and a Facebook page has been started. If you have any information about Koenig at all, please contact the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-2534.

Update: Koenig's parents tell TMZ that he was suffering from depression and that the last time they heard from him was on February 9.

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I'll Say It: Worst. Olympics. Ever.

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:30PM


Worst Olympics Ever.

Oh I'm sorry, am I not allowed to say that? Because on Day 2 of the Games, I almost got into a Facebook fight with an old friend when he posted a status update that accused those of us with discerning tastes and sharp tongues of not supporting our country. He got an argument from me, but support from pretty much everyone else.

I guess VANOC is like our troops in the PR war. Nelly Furtado's lip synching is the shock and awe of the Olympiad. Isn't this how Bush got elected a second time?

Not only am I not sorry for coming out and saying that The Vancouver Games and the TV coverage of the Games suck, I'm actually kind of enjoying myself.

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Stephen Colbert and His Sandwich Spotted at the Winter Olympics

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:02PM
Stephen Colbert has been lurking around Vancouver with nary a word from him like a class clown just waiting for the right moment to pounce on the biology teacher the minute she uses the word "titmouse."

NBC posted some photos of America's truthinestitizer joking around at the Vancouver Winter Olympic speed skating meet and greeting his fans at his outdoor set that the world will get to see next week.

It's not known if these images and bits will be included in his upcoming episodes or his coverage of the games for NBC. Either way, sorry for spoiling it for you. I might as well get ahead of the curve.

[via Buzzfeed]

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Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White Score Gold Medals at the Olympics (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 18th 2010 1:50AM
2010 Winter Olympics, Lindsey VonnHave you got Olympic fever? We do, and there's been plenty of special moments in Vancouver during the '2010 Winter Olympics' (daily, on NBC).

Lyndsey Vonn said, "I'm not trying to be Michael Phelps. I just want a medal of any color." The USA skier got her wish after scoring a gold medal for Ladies' Downhill.

Meanwhile, Shaun White also won a gold medal for snowboarding, after throwing in his signature trick on his second run in the Men's Halfpipe. Go, USA!

Watch the video after the jump.

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2010 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 17th 2010 1:00AM

Are you noticing the names Evgeny Plushenko, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir appearing in great frequency on your Twitter or Facebook feeds -- yet have no idea who they are? They are the figure skating kings gliding their way to gold in this years Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The talent on the ice is "fierce" this year and to make sure you're on the cutting edge of your figure skating knowledge, catch the rest of the Olympic figure skating events after the triple lutz -- er, jump.

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NBC Hits Ratings Gold With Olympics Coverage

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 16th 2010 11:15AM
It may be chilly in Vancouver (well, if you consider low-50s chilly), but NBC's ratings for the opening weekend of the Winter Games have proved to be surprisingly hot stuff.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has averaged an unexpected 28.6 million viewers over the first three days of its Olympics coverage, which marks a 25 percent increase over the 2006 Torino Games.

Reports indicate that those numbers also mark the highest non-U.S. Winter Games debut since as far back as 1994, when the Lillehammer Games got a boost from the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding Figure Skating scandal, in which Harding allegedly covered up a conspiracy between her ex-husband and bodyguard to attack her competitor, Kerrigan, during a practice session.

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'The Simpsons' - 'Boy Meets Curl' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 15th 2010 1:00AM
'The Simpsons' - 'Boy Meets Curl'(S21E12) Nothing says "I love you" quite like ... mixed curling? 'The Simpsons' take another look at the sport that's "sweeping" the Winter Olympics by storm. Yeah, sorry about that. I couldn't help myself. Hopefully you can just brush it off.

I respect all athletes, but try as they might I don't think the writers and animators managed to make curling any less weird for me. Surprisingly, the show didn't even really take any potshots at the sport. As far as I can tell, they depicted it fairly accurately, without mocking the inherent goofiness of it, other than to say Marge has been training for it her whole life by sweeping floors at home.

Even still, that may be accurate. The sweeping motion is, after all, a sweeping motion. That is how we clean our floors. I get that this was an Olympics-themed episode to celebrate the Winter Games going on right now, and that it was a Valentine's Day episode airing on the holiday, but the two themes made uncomfortable bed fellows.

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And So It Begins: 'Today's' Annoying Olympics Coverage

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:29PM
Roker and Lauer on the two-man luge at the 2006 Torino OlympicsAlthough I'm generally a 'Today' show loyalist, for the next two weeks, I'm going to be a 'Good Morning America' fan.

Why? Three words: The Winter Olympics.

Every two years, since NBC started carrying the Olympics, they turn their top-rated morning news show into essentially the Games' morning recap show. Sure, you still get that first half hour of pure news, but after that, the show becomes all-Olympics, all the time, from examining the personal stories of the athletes, to travelogues about whatever exotic locale the Games are in that year, to deep, 'SportsCenter'-like examination of the previous night's results.

But that's not the part that annoys me the most. When the hosts go out and try to do the Olympic sports themselves, the cringe factor goes up exponentially. Especially when Matt Lauer and Al Roker are involved.

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Is Canada's best science fiction TV show not on TV?

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 11th 2009 1:02PM
Riese is using online marketing to emerge as Canadian's hottest sci-fi show.There are plenty of sci-fi TV shows made up in Canada. The Stargate series comes out of Vancouver -- as does Fringe. There's a proud ongoing fantasy tradition deeply rooted up there.

But, the city's local newspaper insists the best show in production in Canada's Pacific Southwest isn't on broadcast TV. It's a web series called Riese. The Steampunk-themed action series is set in another time in the kingdom of Eleysia. The title character (Christine Chatelain) battles through the countryside with a wolf avenging the death of her family.

She's fighting off a crazed, fundamentalist religious group -- the Sect. So, you can set your watch by how long the tunnel-vision crew over at Big Hollywood jumps on Riese as some sort of attack on traditional religion. (It's not.)

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Set visits reveal ghosts of Defying Gravity set destruction

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 22nd 2009 4:05PM
The cast of Defying Gravity crashed and burned this year.It's a rare, disturbing sight to watch a television show torn to pieces -- literally.

While on my set visit for Stargate Universe at Bridge Studios in Vancouver, I stayed with the main press tour. It took us from the main stage holding the massive set of the starship Destiny across the expansive lot to a series off small office buildings housing the show's costume shop and editing bays.

The route took us past the sound stage that once housed the production for ABC's Defying Gravity. Of course, the ambitious prime time sci-fi drama was canceled early this fall season. So, the cast and crew were long gone.

The sounds coming out of that distant sound stage were strangely tragic. There was the grinding of band saws, the pounding of sledgehammers and the growling of large cranes -- all working together to tear the show's elaborate sets to pieces.

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Set Report: Fringe looks to season two's 'war of worlds'

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Sep 2nd 2009 2:29PM
The cast and creators of Fringe gather in Vancouver to look ahead toward season two.If you ask J.J. Abrams about his master plan for Fringe, he'll tell you the plan went out the window a while ago.

The creators and cast of Fox's top new series from last year's fall season gathered with press in Vancouver Monday to celebrate the release of the show's first season on DVD and to look ahead at the upcoming second season.

When Fringe left the airwaves last spring, J.J. Abrams, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman introduced fans to a parallel universe -- setting up a war between our world and that new Earth on the edge of the fringe.

According to Abrams, a long-range plan for the show had him, Orci, Kurtzman and their writing staff revealing the other Earth as the source of Fringe's anomalies maybe three or four seasons into the show's run.

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