The Winter Olympics get underway with the Opening Ceremonies, and an estimated three billion viewers will be anxiously waiting to see what Vancouver can come up with following Beijing's ceremona-palooza in 2008. Executive producer David Atkins, who also handled the opening of the Sydney Games, will only reveal that "it's not a traditional ceremony," so perhaps waving banners and native dancers will not be included: But don't count on it. It's also unlikely to include any lip-synching or fake fireworks, faux pas that put a bit of a damper on China's otherwise magnificent effort. It will be the first Opening Ceremony held in an indoor venue; the 55,000 capacity BC Place has a roof, so there could be additional opportunities for visual effects. And as usual, the Olympic community is abuzz about the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, with Wayne Gretzky seen as a popular choice among potential igniters.
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NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
7 pm/ET ESPN
Until President Obama, the First Baller, makes an appearance in this annual pick-up game to tip off the NBA's All-Star Weekend, we'll have to settle for a unique mix of musicians, actors, NBA legends, Harlem Globetrotters and Terrell Owens. "T.O." arrives in Phoenix with a second straight celeb MVP award in mind, but he'll have to outshine the likes of Hollywood hoopsters Zach Levi (Chuck), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Michael Rapaport (Prison Break), James Denton (Desperate Housewives) and Nick Cannon. Don't be surprised to see Owens finagle his way into the Globetrotters' trademark "Sweet Georgia Brown" routine at halftime.
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Most All-Star games are dullsville did anyone watch last night's Pro Bowl? but the NBA does its best to keep interesting. The annual NBA All-Star Celebrity Game is often an amusing spectacle leading up to the big game. This year's eclectic collection of singers, actors and WNBA players should keep that tradition going. Ne-Yo? Taylor Hicks? Ando from Heroes?Alyssa Milano and Gabrielle Union will coach the two teams. Access Hollywood co-anchor Tony Potts, who was MVP of last year's game, will be on the floor for Milano's squad.Here are the two teams, which will face off Friday (Feb. 15, 7 pm/ET, ESPN) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans:New Orleans Team: Ne-Yo (Grammy-winning singer) Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) Taylor Hicks (2006 American Idol winner) Seth Gilliam (The Wire) James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) Master P (rapper and Dancing With the Stars alum) Ruth Riley (WNBA All-Star, San Antonio S...