NBC Olympics coverage may be improving

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  1. Lori

    Lori Social Defective

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    I think that they are using two crews to give Tara and Johnny a try without risking them bombing in primetime. It's a way to see if they've got what it takes, without risking that the evening broadcasts will be a nightmare.

    Johnny and Tara are both very fashion forward people, and I do look forward to seeing what they'll wear. I think it's fun.

    But if they were never shown on camera, ever, at all--if they were both announcing in jeans and plain white t-shirts--their coverage would still be much better than the primetime coverage. They are more critical, *much* less hysterical and they have really nice chemistry, both with each other and with Terry.

    If I had to pick a crew, I'd totally pick the daytime crew.

    Also, you should have clicked on my Bud Collins link above. But, I warn you...you can't unsee it. :)
     
  2. Steveknj

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    The Olympics is a pretty darn expensive testing ground!! They'd be much better off testing them on a Sunday afternoon skating meet or some such. Luckily for them the buzz for their suits and the fact that those who are fans, like yourself think they are doing a great job, so the test was successful.

    I'm not critical of NBC, obviously they knew what they were doing. They know who their daytime audience is and why Johnny and Tara would attract them, and it worked. But I do wonder, if, as you say, they wore the typical NBC clothing, if it would have been as successful, or, if NBC would have bothered with two crews.
     
  3. Lori

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    Let me start with "it would have absolutely have been as successful" because the viewers who like Johnny and Tara care more about the content than the presentation.

    Part of the test, though, might have been to see how Johnny "I'd be wearing a swan costume right now if they'd have let me" Weir would play in Peoria. I think he's fierce, and I love the way he plays with fashion and gender stereotypes. But maybe Grandmother June in Iowa would call the TV station and complain.

    But I think that what they are seeing is that his commentary is excellent, and--for the most part--folks don't seem to care what he's wearing. I would be surprised if he isn't doing prime time broadcasts next time around.
     
  4. Bigg

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    Hmmm, interesting. I've never understood the re-run thing... I watch new episodes on TiVo, and I keep my torrented collection more or less up to date with several shows, including Big Bang Theory...
     
  5. pdhenry

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    If you've never understood the re-run thing why do you maintain a torrent collection? :rolleyes:
     
  6. jsmeeker

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    I always liked Tom Hammond and Ato Boldon covering track and field for the summer games. Tom DOES have a good voice and is a good "play by play" person. He gets pretty excited.
     
  7. mattack

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    That was entertaining, but it mostly answers that the things are pre-taped, and not in order.. But is he still 'around' for hours and hours each day? I guess so. I'm not meaning to imply he's slacking around, but for someone who has only a relatively short period of time on air each night (according to that article), and they're pre-taped, seems like those segments could be done in an hour or two at most, including writing them.
     
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  10. Steveknj

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    They were both on with Costas last night, and tried to explain why they agreed with the Russian girl winning. I have to admit they made a convincing argument and were critical of the Korean for basically being too conservative.
     
  11. cmontyburns

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    The Times has had good coverage of that side of the mic for these games, but I missed that column. Thanks for the pointer.

    There are a couple of reasons besides their personal chemistry that Lipinski and Weir make a good analyst team. One, both of them are of the sport recently enough that they know first-hand what it takes to be a modern skater. And two, their results give each of them valuable personal perspective. Lipinski is a gold-medalist. Obviously very few people win those. And Weir never medaled at all, arguably because he skated more like he wanted the attention than he wanted to be the best skater. He never got as much as he might have out of his ability, preferring to be a peacock on the ice. So he understands well the duality of the sport, artistic vs. technical, and how you have to balance those to really excel.
     
  12. That Don Guy

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    As far as I know, NBC Sports Network didn't air the figure skating exhibition as planned (it aired the men's biathlon relay instead). I have a feeling it's because they got Weir and Lipinski to do the commentary for the NBC broadcast. (Also, the whole thing is available online, and it's about 3 1/2 hours long, including some routines NBC probably isn't interested in; for example, the first routine was by Adian Pitkeev, a Russian skater who didn't even compete in Sochi, but was second in the Junior Grand Prix series.)
     
  13. realityboy

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    I preferred Tara and Johnny myself. The outfits were just a bonus. Even if they were never on camera, they would've been my preference. They had a great mix of chemistry and knowledge. I may be biased since I've never cared for Hammond on skating events.
     
  14. hummingbird_206

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    Well, crap, wonder why they didn't show the gala as previously planned? The version available online doesn't have Tara and Johnny.:(
     
  15. jsmeeker

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    Because they got promoted to Prime Time

    I guess the original plan was for Johhny and Tara to do it for NBC Sports Network during the day and then have the regular Prime Time crew (Tom Hammond, Scott Hammilton, etc.) do it in Prime Time.
     
  16. hummingbird_206

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    Yes that explains why they didn't have Tara and Johnny on NBC Sports, but doesn't explain why they cut the gala from NBC Sports altogether.
     
  17. jsmeeker

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    You mean have a different team do it on NBC Sports Network with Johnny and Tara doing it on main NBC for prime time?
     
  18. hummingbird_206

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    Yes. They have a team other than T&J for the web version. Why not for the NBC Sports version? Instead, they cut the NBC Sports version.:confused:
     
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  20. cmontyburns

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    I don't hate NBC's coverage, but I'm starting to. Granted that the competition is winding down, but starting tonight's broadcast with a 25-minute (and counting) profile of an athlete who isn't even in these Games is, ah, a curious choice.
     

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