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Top Moments: Dallas Makes a Shocking Reveal and Usain Bolt Is a Legend (Just Ask Him!)

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Our top moments of the week:

13. Funniest Name: On Bachelor Pad, the contestants have to run through an obstacle course called "The Hot Sludge Fundae." As hilarious as it is to watch the players fumble through foam that looks like ice cream and a chocolate syrup-soaked slide, it's the last leg of the race, which host Chris Harrison informs us is called "The Nut Sack," that makes us laugh the hardest. (Yes, we're 12.)

12. Most X-Rated Christmas Carol: Countess LuAnn tries to mix things up on... read more

Olympic Opening Ceremonies: The Best Tweets

Sir Paul McCartney

The 2012 London Olympics officially got underway Friday with a grand (if a bit eccentric) opening ceremony conceived by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.

2012 Olympics: Check out the stars to watch

With the help of celebrities including Daniel Craig, Kenneth Branagh, J.K. Rowling, David Beckham and Sir Paul McCartney -- not to mention a ... read more

NBC Won't Miss a Second of the London Olympics

Michael Phelps

The quick reflexes, strategic thinking and endurance of an Olympic athlete will also serve fans well as NBCUniversal offers an astounding 5,535 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Games. Every minute of all 302 events in 32 sports will be shown live in the United States for the first time. "We think it's important to have that instant gratification and immediacy for those avid fans," says Mark Lazarus, the NBC Sports Group chairman who made the call to provide live streaming online of even the most popular events.

Following the action can mean... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Jimmy Fallon Rocks Indy

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Cheers to Jimmy Fallon for kicking off a Super series of shows in Indianapolis.

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Channel Changing: Versus Becomes NBC Sports Network

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The new year brings a new identity for Versus, the cable sports network best known for hunting and fishing shows, the Tour de France and the National Hockey League. Now a part of the NBC Universal empire (following the merger with Comcast, which owned Versus), the channel — currently available in more than 75 million households — becomes the NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, January 2 and will undergo an extreme makeover throughout the year. "It's going to be radically different over time," says Jon Miller, the president of programming, who is building what he calls "a full-service sports network," that will include live events, news and talk shows and original programming.

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Madonna Will Star in Super Bowl Halftime Show

Madonna

Madonna will perform on America's most-watched TV event.

The superstar songstress will be the halftime act during Super Bowl XLVI. Without any great fanfare, Bob Costas made the announcement — which had been rumored since October — after his weekly essay on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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Tyler Perry Pens Open Letter to Alleged Jerry Sandusky Victim: "You Are My Hero"

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry, who was sexually abused as a child, calls the 11-year-old who came forward against Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State sex scandal his hero.

In an open letter to the unnamed victim to be published in Newsweek, Perry, who's Hollywood's highest-paid man, says the boy was "so courageous" for speaking out at that age — something he didn't do.

Jerry Sandusky denies sexual abuse charges, says he's "horsed around with kids"

"I don't know your name, but I know your face. I don't know your ...
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Rock Center Gets Big Story, Ratings Boost

Rock Center with Brian Williams

The newest show with the smallest audience in the Monday-at-10/9c time slot made the biggest news — and got a ratings boost.

In its third week on the air, Rock Center with Brian Williams scored its first big "get" as Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky about the child sexual abuse allegations against him, attracting 4.49 million viewers and posting a 1.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — a 30 percent increase in the demo. It also marked the newsmagazine's biggest viewership yet, though that bar is low with audiences of 3.51 million and 4.13 million in its first two weeks.

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Jerry Sandusky Denies Sexual Abuse Charges, Says He's "Horsed Around With Kids"

Jerry Sandusky

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys, denies that he committed any crimes, but acknowledges that he has "horsed around with kids."

"I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told Bob Costas in a phone interview on Monday night's Rock Center with Brian Williams. "I could say that I have done some of those things. I have ...
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Ken Burns Adds to Baseball History with The Tenth Inning

Barry Bonds

The star of Ken Burns' The Tenth Inning — besides baseball itself — is Barry Bonds.

"He had to be," Burns says.

While Babe Ruth did it on hot dogs and beer and Hank Aaron on a diet no one ever questioned, Bonds is suspected to have set baseball's all-time home-run record on steroids. So Bonds looms large throughout the four hours of Burns' follow-up to his Emmy-winning 1994 documentary series Baseball.

Burns and partner Lynn Novick — whose credits include the masterful The Civil War and Jazz — expansively cover the last 16 years of the sport, including... read more

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