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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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 ...
Mary Carillo by Steve Freeman/NBC
Cheers to Mary Carillo for doing faultless double duty. Her travelogues were among the highlights of NBCs 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 McEnroes volatility. In any arena, Carillos 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!