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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

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Premiered: August 25, 2008, on NBC
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