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The National Dog Show Returns on Thanksgiving — with a Charitable Twist

The National Dog Show Returns on Thanksgiving — with a Charitable Twist
Halloween has passed and turkey time is almost here, which means the National Dog Show is right around the corner, as well!

On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23), NBC will present The National Dog Show Presented by Purina following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The beloved holiday show, now in its 16th year, will air from noon to 2 p.m. across all time zones.

John O’Hurley is back to host the furry event dedicated to all the amazing things man’s best friend can do. David Frei will also be ringside once more to offer expert commentary on all
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Meow Madness Is College Basketball If it Was Filled with Slam-Dunking Kittens

Meow Madness Is College Basketball If it Was Filled with Slam-Dunking Kittens
Sports are going to the … Kittens.

After cleverly crafting the Kitten Bowl, the Hallmark Channel is gifting us with another kitty and sports competition crossover: This time it’s Meow Madness. Take all the excitement, competition and hustle of the March Madness college basketball tournament and add curious, adorable and fluffy felines. That’s Meow Madness.

This sporting event, which will air April 3 on Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m. Et/ 7 p.m. Ct, features match-ups between super star teams from schools like the University of Fishi-gan and the Univeristy of North Cat-alina, which are all fighting for a chance to
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Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony Review: Finally, an End to These Weird Rio Games

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Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony Review: Finally, an End to These Weird Rio Games
The closing ceremonies for the 31st Summer Olympics in Rio on NBC were an indication of just how exhausted everyone has become from the last 16 days. A mere two weeks have passed since Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb, and Meredith Vieira set the stage for what would ultimately become a global demonstration of the Ugly American trope. In lieu of those three heavy-hitters, the closing ceremonies were hosted by Mary Carillo, Ryan Seacrest, and Mike Tirico finishing things the way they began–by complaining that Brazil thinks Alberto Santos-Dumont is the true father of aviation. “They’re not letting this go,
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TV Ratings: Olympics Viewership Sags on Day 14 But ‘Superstore’ Gets Sampling

NBC saw a big viewership drop on Friday for its coverage of the 14th day of competition at the Rio summer Olympics.

A lack of marquee events made for a modest turnout for NBC’s primetime slate featuring gold medal finals in diving and sprint relays. NBC averaged a 13.6 household rating and 24 share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households. That was off by more than a rating point from Thursday’s primetime performance and down nearly two points from the games’ average in primetime.

Digital viewing of the games continues to grow by leaps and bounds, per NBC Sports. As of Friday, the NBCOlympics.com site and NBC Sports app had served up 2.5 billion live streaming minutes, which amounts to 1 billion minutes more than all prior Olympics combined since the advent of streaming.

Meanwhile, NBC was able to channel Friday’s Olympics lead-in to generate solid linear sampling for
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2016 Summer Olympics: 8 Things We’re Looking Forward To in Rio, And How to Watch Them

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2016 Summer Olympics: 8 Things We’re Looking Forward To in Rio, And How to Watch Them
And they’re off! After weeks of reports about trouble in Rio – from the threat of Zika virus to the very real problem of polluted water – the 2016 Summer Olympics got underway Friday night with an Opening Ceremony that underwhelmed – at least for American TV audiences. (Initial ratings were way down from the 2012 London Olympics.)

Nonetheless, the real drama and excitement is still to come over the next two weeks, as some of the world’s most decorated athletes look to add to their record tallies. As NBC’s Bob Costas recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, “Obviously Michael Phelps is already the greatest swimmer in Olympic history. Usain Bolt is already the greatest sprinter in Olympic history, and they’re trying to add to what they already have done, so we’re talking about Mount Rushmore-type stuff.”

Costas also has his eye on this year’s
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2016 Summer Olympics: 8 Things We’re Looking Forward To in Rio, And How to Watch Them

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2016 Summer Olympics: 8 Things We’re Looking Forward To in Rio, And How to Watch Them
And they’re off! After weeks of reports about trouble in Rio – from the threat of Zika virus to the very real problem of polluted water – the 2016 Summer Olympics got underway Friday night with an Opening Ceremony that underwhelmed – at least for American TV audiences. (Initial ratings were way down from the 2012 London Olympics.)

Nonetheless, the real drama and excitement is still to come over the next two weeks, as some of the world’s most decorated athletes look to add to their record tallies. As NBC’s Bob Costas recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, “Obviously Michael Phelps is already the greatest swimmer in Olympic history. Usain Bolt is already the greatest sprinter in Olympic history, and they’re trying to add to what they already have done, so we’re talking about Mount Rushmore-type stuff.”

Costas also has his eye on this year’s
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Rio 2016 Review: Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Uneasy Blend of Culture and Commerce

Rio 2016 Review: Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Uneasy Blend of Culture and Commerce
During its coverage of the Olympics’ opening ceremony Friday night, NBC aired an interview with two of the event’s co-directors, Brazilian filmmakers Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) and Daniela Thomas (“Paris, je t’aime”)—though it’s unclear if anyone from the network was listening. Meirelles and Thomas explained the purpose behind the performance, which was to avoid the host nation’s usual navel-gazing (“talking about their belly buttons,” as Meirelles put it) in favor of global issues, connecting the history of Brazil to the specter of climate change.

Perhaps he meant that the navel-gazing would be reserved for NBC: With “Today Show” talent emceeing the spectacle at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium and Bob Costas plugging The Golf Channel from the main set, the telecast had the feeling of an especially expensive presentation at the Television Critics Association’s biannual get-together, laying on the salesmanship a little strong.
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Rio 2016 Review: Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Uneasy Blend of Culture and Commerce

Rio 2016 Review: Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Uneasy Blend of Culture and Commerce
During its coverage of the Olympics’ opening ceremony Friday night, NBC aired an interview with two of the event’s co-directors, Brazilian filmmakers Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) and Daniela Thomas (“Paris, je t’aime”)—though it’s unclear if anyone from the network was listening. Meirelles and Thomas explained the purpose behind the performance, which was to avoid the host nation’s usual navel-gazing (“talking about their belly buttons,” as Meirelles put it) in favor of global issues, connecting the history of Brazil to the specter of climate change.

Perhaps he meant that the navel-gazing would be reserved for NBC: With “Today Show” talent emceeing the spectacle at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium and Bob Costas plugging The Golf Channel from the main set, the telecast had the feeling of an especially expensive presentation at the Television Critics Association’s biannual get-together, laying on the salesmanship a little strong.
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NBC Sports Dives Into Questions About Rio Olympics Health And Safety Concerns, But Won’t Get In The Water – TCA

"Absolutely not," NBC Olympics correspondent Mary Carillo said today when asked by Olympics primetime host Bob Costas if she intended to take a dip into the polluted waters where swimmers and sailing teams will be competing during the Rio Games. Carillo, who is covering "open water swimming" the second week of the Games for NBC, told TV critics at TCA that researchers have assured her the water was "worse" than Rio’s in the Serpentine in Hyde Park where Olympics swimmers…
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Where to watch the 2016 Westminster Dog Show

David Frei will be co-hosting his 27th and final Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show as the 2016 installment gets underway today. Mary Carillo also co-hosts, with Kelli Stavast serving as floor reporter. The 2016 Westminster Dog Show will feature seven breeds newly recognized by the American Kennel Club in the past year. Making their competitive debuts at Westminster are the Bergamasco, the Berger Picard, the Miniature American Shepherd and Spanish Water Dog, all competing in the Herding Group; the Boerboel, competing in the Working Group; the Cirneco dell’Etna, competing in the Hound Group; and the Lagotto Romagnolo, competing in the … Continue reading →

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TV News Roundup: Snoop Dogg Inks Revolt TV Deal, Kids’ Choice Awards Nabs Host Blake Shelton

TV News Roundup: Snoop Dogg Inks Revolt TV Deal, Kids’ Choice Awards Nabs Host Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton will host the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Snoop Dogg’s YouTube series is heading to Revolt TV. Plus, NBC has ordered more episodes of Debra Messing’s “The Mysteries of Laura” in today’s television news roundup . . .

Award Show News:

Blake Shelton will host Nickelodeon’s annual Kids’ Choice Awards live on March 12, 2016. “The Voice” coach announced his hosting gig on Monday with a video announcement, in which he gets slimed (see below).

“I’ve been on countless stages throughout my life, but none have promised the madness, excitement and endless slime as Nick’s Kids’ Choice Awards, which is undoubtedly the ultimate party for kids,” Shelton said. “There is only one team here, and it’s Team Kids’ Choice so bring it on Nickelodeon!”

Deals:

Snoop Dogg and Revolt TV has entered a licensing deal to bring the rapper’s YouTube show “Ggn” to music cable net,
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2015 French Open Finals TV schedule on NBC

NBC airs live coverage of the French Open singles finals from Roland Garros in Paris June 6-7. On Saturday, Serena Williams takes on Lucie Safrova in the women’s final at 9am Et. On Sunday, Novak Djokovic faces Stan Wawrinka beginning at 9am Et. Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. The French Open finals are just the start of a big sports Saturday on NBC that includes American Pharoah’s attempt to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes and Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the … Continue reading →

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'Nancy & Tonya' NBC Documentary Recap: Tonya Harding Maintains Her Innocence, Nancy Kerrigan Tells Her Side

NBC aired Nancy & Tonya on Sunday, a documentary featuring interviews of ice skating stars Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding as they revisit Kerrigan’s attack 20-years later.

Nancy Kerrigan Attacked

In 1994, a man hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gilloly, attacked Kerrigan off the ice during the World championships, hitting her knee with a metal pipe. Kerrigan recovered from her injury with rigorous rehab and was able to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics, winning silver.

The story soon took on a life of its own, with many speculating that Harding was behind the attack, though she claimed she had no part in it. Harding and Kerrigan competed side-by-side during the 1994 Olympics, but their relationship was strained and Harding failed to medal in women’s figure skating. Later she pled guilty to hindering prosecution and was forced to pay a fine of $160,000 and undergo three years’ probation. In addition, Harding was also eliminated from the U.
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NBC Revisits Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding Scandal in "Fascinating Character Study"

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.
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NBC airs Nancy and Tonya documentary before Olympics closing ceremony

NBC airs Nancy and Tonya documentary before Olympics closing ceremony: Nancy & Tonya, a look at the 1994 scandal involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding that rocked U.S. figure skating leading up to and at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, airs on NBC Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7pm Et prior to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics closing ceremony. Announcement in the press release from NBC: Nancy & Tonya Debuts Sunday, Feb. 23 At 7 Pm Et/6 Pm Ct On NBC On 20th Anniversary Of 1994 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Competition Mary Carillo Examines Story That Riveted America In One-Hour … Continue reading →

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NBC’s ‘Nancy & Tonya’ Docu To Air Sunday Ahead Of Sochi Closing Ceremony

For days NBC Sports had been saying its Nancy & Tonya documentary would probably air on Sunday before the Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, which also would sync it up with the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Competition. But that slot depended on any weather delays or unforeseen problems during NBC’s coverage. This morning, the network nailed down a timeslot: this Sunday at 7 Pm Et/6 Pm Ct. Mary Carillo will examine the events that held Americans spellbound after defending U.S. figure skating champion Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee after a practice during the 1994 U.S. championships and rival Tonya Harding’s husband and bodyguard were arrested for planning the attack. The docu, which combines present-day and archival interviews, practice and competition footage, and news coverage leading up to and during the events, includes a sit-down with Kerrigan and a one-on-one with Harding. It culminates
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Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding: Documentaries Detail Vicious Attack

Nancy was brutally attacked before the 1994 Winter Olympics, by Tonya’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and two of his accomplices. Now NBC and Espn are debuting rivaling documentaries that will force viewers to decide whose side they are on!

Tonya Harding has always been adamant that she knew nothing about her husband, Jeff Gillooly‘s plans to brutally assault Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session before the 1994 Winter Games. Now that it’s the 20th anniversary of what was called the “whack heard round the world,” two very different documentaries will revisit the terror that took place between these two skating stars.

Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding — New Documentaries

Espn has a new documentary called 30 for 30: The Price of Gold, in which Tonya continues to claim she had no clue that her husband, at the time, was plotting an attack against Nancy. The documentary focuses on Tonya’s life and portrays
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Nancy Kerrigan Revisits Her 1994 Attack And Rivalry With Tonya Harding In New Documentary

Twenty years after Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by someone close to rival teammate Tonya Harding, the ice skaters are revisiting the horrific story in an NBC documentary Nancy & Tonya: 20 Years Later.

The documentary will air during NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage and features interviews with both Kerrigan and Harding conducted by NBC sportscaster Mary Carillo.

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Nancy Kerrigan Attacked

After winning Bronze at the 1992 Winter Olympics, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was on track to win her second consecutive national championship before going into her next Olympics. Instead, she was attacked in 1994 when a man hit her in the knee with a metal pipe, forcing her out of competition and into physical therapy. With Kerrigan unable to compete in the national championships, Harding came out victorious.

Kerrigan managed to rehab her knee and compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics, where
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Meredith Vieira to Become First Woman to Host Olympics Primetime Show Solo

Meredith Vieira to Become First Woman to Host Olympics Primetime Show Solo
Bob Costas will once again be forced to sit out NBC’s Friday night coverage of the Winter Olympics and will be replaced by Meredith Vieira, the first woman to ever host the primetime coverage solo.

Costas has been out sick all week with an eye infection. Matt Lauer has filled in as host Tuesday through Thursday.

Executives at NBC envision Vieira staying in the primetime seat for two nights, said Jim Bell, executive producer of the Olympics broadcast for NBCUniversal. “This has lingered for a little bit,” he said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. “We will just have to see, as we’ve done pretty calmly and rationally, and take it one day at a time. We’ll wake up tomorrow and see how Bob is doing and make a decision then.” Bell said NBC executives had not yet contemplated removing Costas from hosting duties.

The
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Matt Lauer Takes Over Sochi Primetime Coverage Again Wednesday After Bob Costas Forced Off Air Due To Eye Infection

Bob Costas handed over the Olympic coverage to Today’s Matt Lauer again Wednesday night after taking Tuesday night off due to an eye infection.

Bob Costas Suffers Eye Infection

Ahhhh! Don't Look Bob Costas In The Eyes!! pic.twitter.com/0Tt1Y1RWSy

— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) February 11, 2014

Costas, NBC’s Olympic coverage anchor has been battling an eye infection since his reporting began on Feb. 6. The infection caused him to forgo contacts in favor of glasses, causing a media buzz about Costas’ new look, not to mention his red left eye. Costas’ eye infection quickly became a top Olympic story, taking over Twitter and inspiring parodies and memes.

Costas' eyes are only getting worse tonight. pic.twitter.com/HLPz53Klen

— Sb Nation Gif (@SBNationGIF) February 11, 2014

Costas had hoped that his eye infection would slowly subside, but things only got worse as the week wore on. On Monday, Feb. 10, Costas embraced his red eyes,
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