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Lindsey Vonn Lands a Bit Role on Law & Order

Lindsey Vonn

Dreams keep coming true for Lindsey Vonn: After winning two medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, the alpine skier has landed a role on her favorite TV show,  Law & Order.

Olympic Moment: With screams and tears, Vonn wins downhill

Vonn, who's been described as obsessed with the NBC procedural, received the good news during an interview with Bob Costas on Saturday night. After looking back at her Olympics performance... read more

NBC Ends Jay Leno Show Early "For Good Behavior"

Jay Leno

Jay Leno signed off his self-titled talk show for the last time Tuesday, joking that NBC was allowing him to end the network's failed prime-time experiment after only five months "for good behavior."

"We were on the air five months," he said in his final Jay Leno Show monologue. "It seems like just yesterday I was telling NBC... read more

Bob Costas Added to MLB Network Lineup

Bob Costas

Bob Costas is switching teams — er, networks. The sportscaster will leave HBO Sports to join the MLB Network, Variety reports.

At his new cable home, Costas will provide ...
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NBC to Re-Air Beijing Olympics Highlights

Michael Phelps, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Thought you had heard the last of the Olympics until 2010? Think again.

On Saturday, Dec. 27, NBC will broadcast Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony: TV Event of the Year, a two-hour special hosted by Bob Costas and Matt Lauer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to reliving the breathtaking production that kicked off the games, the special will ... read more

Critic's Notebook: Olympics Are Over, Back to TV

Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men courtesy AMC

Anyone else going through Olympics withdrawal? Mine started around the time the Olympic flame was extinguished during Sunday night’s broadcast of the closing ceremonies. I felt a sense of deflation as I watched replays of many of the games’ most thrilling moments. Also a sense of loss, even as I was being dazzled one more time by the pyrotechnics (presumably real) of the final spectacular, with a return of the drummers and gravity-defying performers amid a reprise, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale, of the human light show from the opening ceremonies, with shimmering movement and color holding us spellbound. (At least until the British showed up, with their tacky-by-comparison half-time-lite show. It’s going to be hard for anyone to measure up to China’s showmanship.)How am I going to fill my days and especially my nights now that I no longer have Bob Costas as my professional escort? What a great job he did as host and interviewer, always keeping his cool, even... read more

Late Nights With NBC Olympics

Shawn Johnson by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The other night, NBC ran a cute piece toward the end of its prime-time broadcast—which means it probably aired somewhere around midnight—about how people are battling sleep deprivation thanks to how late we’re all staying up to watch the Olympics each night. Somehow I was awake to watch it—although someone in the office told me they saw the piece repurposed at another time, so who knows when I saw it; it’s all a blur.The point being that when big Olympics events are live, as they were the first week of the games with Michael Phelps’ awesome miniseries-like laps of swimming history and the team gymnastics competitions, there’s an undeniable thrill watching them unfold in real time, no matter how late it goes. (I groaned one night last week upon realizing the women’s gymnastics weren’t starting until 11:10 pm/ET, but I stayed glued until well past 1 in the morning. No regrets.)But this week it’s a different story, and it boils down to ... read more

Olympics Get Off to a Dazzling Start

Fireworks go off during the Opening Ceremony. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

One World. One Dream. One astonishing opening-night show. Friday’s spectacular curtain-raising opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics more than lived up to the hype, and NBC gave us a stunning bird’s-eye view of all of the razzle-dazzle inside the so-called “bird’s nest” of the gargantuan Olympic soccer stadium.Feeling at times as if it were the greatest Vegas or half-time show in history, everything was scaled to overwhelm, from the fireworks that lit up the sky like a month’s worth of 4ths of July, to the scrim that ringed the top of the stadium with evocative cinematic montages, to the thousands of drummers and dancers and performers wowing the crowd, many of them lit up in garish colors like fanciful beacons of joy.To emphasize the fact that this display of cultural pride was being beamed to a global audience, a highlight of the extravaganza involved a giant globe rising from the floor, with dancers skimming around the surface suspended by wire... read more

In the Works: Showtime in Bed with Clooney, and More

George Clooney's Smokehouse shingle is developing for Showtime Doubting Thomas, an hourlong drama about a family of televangelists, eyed for a possible 2008 premiere.... Also per Variety, IFC will air all 12 original episodes of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" "hip-hopera," as well as collaborate with the recording artist on 10 new installments.... HBO Sports' Costas Now returns with a mid-season baseball special on July 24 at 10 pm/ET.... Hallmark Channel has commissioned 30 original movies for 2008, its biggest slate ever. And only 24 of them star Stacy Keach!.... As scooped by the Ausiello Report, Lifetime has ordered a second, 18-episode season of Army Wives, to launch next spring. read more

Short Cuts: Kelly Ripa, Sex in Public and More!

Kelly Ripa will host the fifth-annual TV Land Awards on Apr. 14, to air Apr. 25.... The (spoiled-online) finale of Top Chef gave Bravo 3.9 million viewers and its second-best-ever delivery in key demos (trailing only Project Runway's Season 3 ender).... The Dr. Keith Ablow Show will not be back for a second season, sources tell Reuters.... Let's go, Orange! Bob Costas will host the 66th-annual Peabody Awards on June 4.... The broadband portal that never sleeps, TimeOutNewYork.TV, has launched "Sex on the Street," a series looking at the way Big Apple denizens go at it behind closed doors or, better, in public. (Hey, it's a welcome diversion from the panhandlers.) read more

Short Cuts: Cars, Xwords, Xbox and More!

Among today's DVD releases: Wordplay, a look at New York Times crossword creator Will Shortz (see related Q&A) and the annual puzzle tournament held in my hometown of Stamford, Connecticut, and Disney's Cars, aka the theme for my sons' birthday party this coming weekend.... Xbox 360 owners will be able to "unlock" a thus-far untapped part of the console and download movies and TV shows — including Batman Forever, The Nine and CSI — starting Nov. 22.... Jay Leno, Matthew McConaughey, Regis Philbin and Bob Costas are among the big names lending their voices to new releases in the Team Baby DVD series, which is likened by some to "Baby Einstein for the sports-minded set." read more

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