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NBC Revisits Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding Scandal in "Fascinating Character Study"

Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, Mary Carillo

On Feb. 23, 1994, all eyes were on Lillehammer.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding were set to face off in the ladies' figure skating Olympic short skate, just six weeks after Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in an attack orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. The tape-delayed broadcast drew more than 70 million viewers and a 48.5 household rating — still the seventh highest-rated TV program in history.

The most memorable Winter Olympic moments of all time

Twenty years to the day on Sunday, the two will be back on an Olympic broadcast in NBC's one-hour documentary Nancy & Tonya (7/6c) to discuss the soap opera-like scandal that riveted America — and in Kerrigan's case, for the first time. "Everyone's talked about this except Nancy. Tonya can't stop talking about it! But Nancy wanted to do this. She was ready," Mary Carillo, who produced and narrates the documentary, tells TVGuide.com. "I think 10 [years] might still be too close, but 20 is a long time. Looking back is ...
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Nancy Kerrigan to Open Up About Tonya Harding in New NBC Documentary

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

NBC is developing a documentary about Tonya Harding's notorious attack onNancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Winter Olympics, the network announcedSaturday at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews.

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The Tuesday Playlist: State of the Union, Justified Goes Footloose

Timothy Olyphant

Most of television does its civic duty and turns to Washington, D.C. for State of the Union coverage (9/8c), as President Obama presents his first address of his second term. (As a curtain raiser, PBS' Frontline — check tvguide.com listings — relives those fun times when the White House sparred with the opposition over the deficit, taking the nation to the brink of the "fiscal cliff" in an installment appropriately titled "Cliffhanger.")

A different sort of dog-and-pony show — emphasis on dogs as show ponies — unfolds on USA Network... read more

Wimbledon Preview: Rafael Nadal Goes For History While Serena Willaims Mounts a Comeback

Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams

Fresh off equaling Bjorn Borg's six French Open titles, Rafael Nadal could match another of the Swede's impressive feats: winning on the French clay and Wimbledon grass back-to-back for the third time. "It's the toughest turnaround in tennis," says NBC analyst Mary Carillo, "but Nadal is something very special indeed." Borg did it from 1978-80, and the Spaniard took home both trophies in 2008 and last year... read more

Federer and Nadal Resume Rivalry at Wimbledon

Roger Federer

Wimbledon begins bright and early Monday morning (June 21, 6:30 a.m./5:30c, ESPN2) and the top two seeds — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — have pulled off what NBC/ESPN2 analyst Mary Carillo calls "the hardest, trickiest thing to do in tennis." That is, win two ...
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Cheers: Hail Mary!

Mary Carillo by Steve Freeman/NBC

Cheers to Mary Carillo for doing faultless double duty. Her travelogues were among the highlights of NBC’s Beijing Olympics coverage, especially when she sampled some outlandish local cuisine (scorpions on a stick, anyone?). Now the former tennis pro has returned stateside to provide expert commentary for CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open, where her levelheadedness is always a perfect counterpoint to John McEnroe’s volatility. In any arena, Carillo’s an ace.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

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