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NBC Ratings Still Good After Olympics

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 8:00PM
The NBC logoSure the wall-to-wall Winter Olympics left a lot of people wondering why they should give half-a-crap about ice dancing, but NBC has bounced back with its post-Olympic lineup.

NBC's two new prime time series, 'Parenthood' and 'The Marriage Ref,' won the ratings game against their competitors, and even Jay Leno's triumphant return to 'The Tonight Show' beat David Letterman's 'Late Show.'

Of course, this is just the premiere week for these shows and it's not known if they can retain the numbers that have helped them back into first place for the first time in a good long while. At least the executives can breathe a little easier and Jeff Zucker can rest assured that he won't be losing his job anytime soon as opposed to maybe losing his job by some kind of divine intervention.

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Catherine O'Hara Adds Her Own Spin to Curling (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 1st 2010 2:20AM
Winter Olympics 2010, Closing Ceremonies, Catherine O'HaraCurling has to be one of the more interesting sports in the 'XXI Winter Olympics' (Sun., 7PM ET on NBC), and actor Catherine O'Hara added her own twist to it.

During the closing ceremonies, she put herself right into the middle of the games. We're just glad she didn't trip. Next time, Catherine, consider wearing flats.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Shaun White on Gold Medals, Being Single and Meeting President Obama (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 8:10PM
Shaun White, Oprah Winfrey, OlympicsShaun White has some awesome hair, doesn't he? Every day must be a good hair day. But even more awesome is the gold medal he won for the Men's Halfpipe at the '2010 Winter Olympics' this week.

The studio audience at 'Oprah Winfrey' (weekdays, syndicated) went wild as White showed off the medal and talked about his future plans.

What we learned: 1) The medal is cut from one big piece; 2) White is single (like, when would he have time for a relationship?); and 3) He really wants to meet President Obama. We're guessing that will probably happen quite soon.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Oprah One-Ups Matt Lauer on Olympics Souvenirs (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 19th 2010 7:45PM
Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, Olympics SouvenirsTake that, Matt Lauer! Think you've got the goods on all the hot Olympics souvenirs? Clearly, you don't know who you're dealing with, because Oprah Winfrey is very connected.

The talk show queen opened 'Oprah Winfrey' (weekdays, syndicated) today wearing the coveted red mittens that Lauer was all set to brag about. "That is so cold, Oprah," he said. "That is cold."

But it didn't stop Lauer from getting in a barb about her needing a bigger Mohawk Hat than the one he had on. Oh, by the way, Lauer? Everyone in Oprah's studio audience is getting those red mittens. Yeah, try and top that!

Watch the video after the jump.

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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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2010 Winter Olympics Curling Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 18th 2010 3:00AM

If you've arrived to this blogpost with your curling iron in hand waiting for a chance at Olympic greatness with Kristy Yamaguchi's hair, you've come to a very wrong place. However, if you ever day dreamed about what it would be like take your grandfather's shuffleboard game on ice, then we've got exactly the schedule you're looking for.

For those who don't know, curling involves sliding a large piece of polished granite on ice towards the house, where two sweepers help to guide the piece to it's intended target. May sound a lot like your last home improvement project but it is a bonafide Olympic sport which was re-introduced during the 1998 Nagano games alongside with Women's Ice Hockey.

Check out when you can catch nations compete in Olympic curling after the jump.

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2010 Winter Olympics Snowboarding Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 18th 2010 2:00AM

Did you know the first snowboard was called a "snurfer?" Perhaps combining the word snow and surfing, snowboarders rejoice every wintertime as they hit the slopes. For the Vancouver Winter Olympics the worlds best snowboarders have descended upon the Olympic slopes to win on sport's largest stage. For American snowboarder Shaun White, he continues to defend his new gold medal status in a sport that made him the highest paid snowboarder in the world.

Make sure you take note of all the remaining Olympic snowboarding events 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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'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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Colbert ignores U.S. speed skater who called him a jerk, for now

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 9th 2009 8:03PM
It's been two days worth of new episodes now and Stephen Colbert has suddenly stopped talking about his beloved Olympic speed skating team. It's a surprise since the man has given more props to his sponsorship of the team than Gatorade does for the Super Bowl.

That may be because team member Shani Davis called Colbert a "jerk" for running his smear campaign against the Canadians, a smear campaign that seemed to get the Canadians to back and give his team practice time on Canada's ice. It even almost seemed as though Colbert was going to address the name-calling in his opening "Who's Attacking Me Now" segment on Monday, but instead went into the comments made by White House Recovery Act Coordinator G. Edward DeSeve.

Should Colbert call out Davis for his name calling and more importantly, will he?

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