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TV Junkie: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies Tonight; MTV Moves Events Back to LA

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The 2010 Winter Olympics begin tonight - check what your cable/satellite provider is allowing you to see.

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin tonight - check what your cable/satellite provider is allowing you to see.
Tonight the Winter Olympics begin and we're not about to tell you which event to watch and how to watch it. Your best bet is to go to NBC's Olympic TV Schedule to figure out which carrier you have and what you'll have access to. As someone who doesn't get Universal Sports with their Time Warner package, we're pretty PO'd as a whole host of events are not available to us - thankfully we'll be able to watch them on ourlaptop screen but NBCu should have made sure that more cable networks carried the relatively unknown Universal Sports channel.The opening ceremonies are the focus tonight and thankfully they will be held indoors as the Olympic flame would be dampened under the forecast rainfall in Vancouver. We wonder what elaborate showmanship tricks Vancouver will reveal to the world. One point of history to note is that the idea of elaborate opening ceremonies, complete with dancers, fireworks, circus-like tricks and world-renowned performers was originated by, who else, Walt Disney at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, CA, a location that the USOC would like to have the 2022 Winter Olympics return to.

Remember we'll be reporting to you from the Olympics, February 22-27th. Look for ongoing posts here as well as graphics and imagery at the LA Times Olympics site.
Yesterday the MTV network announced today that the 19th annual MTV Movie Awards will air live on Sunday, June 6th from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California and the 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, September 12th from Los Angeles, CA (venue TBA) - this is a big win for LA as that means MTV will not be holding these major events in New York City.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - the Winter Olympics, "The Soup", "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show", Letterman (Jeff Bridges), Fallon (Benicio de Toro). Saturday - the Winter Olympics. Sunday - The Winter Olympics, "Big Love", "How to Make It In America".


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7:30pm Olympic Winter Games 2010 NBC - Special Presentation. Opening Ceremonies - some initial events.

8:00pm Smallville The CW - A young man steals a charmed comic book from a convention and develops superpowers

10:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - John Barrowman; Shahrukh Khan; Lorraine Kelly; Marina & The Diamonds

10:00pm The Soup E! - New episode, a must watch

10:00pm Swamp Loggers Discovery - Season Finale

11:00pm John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Comedy Central - Season Finale

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jeff Bridges; comic Joe Wong; the Soft Pack performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Mark Wahlberg; the cover model from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue; Dashboard Confessional performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Benicio Del Toro; Selena Gomez performs.


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4:30pm Winter Whiteout The Weather Channel - Special report on the recent mid-Atlantic blizzards.

8:00pm Olympic Winter Games 2010 NBC - Special Presentation. Speed skating: men's short track 1500m semifinals and Gold Medal final; freestyle skiing: women's moguls Gold Medal final; skiing: men's downhill Gold Medal final

9:00pm Survivors BBC America - Series Premiere

10:00pm The Dish Style - New episode of style, celebs, and snark

10:00pm Bill Maher ... But I'm Not Wrong HBO - Special Presentation

12:00am XXI Winter Olympics NBC - Luge, Speed Skating From Vancouver, B.C. Luge: men's singles competition; speed skating: women's short track 3000m relay semifinals and more


7:00pm Olympic Winter Games 2010 NBC - Special Presentation. Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Luge, Skiing

8:00pm The Amazing Race CBS - Season Premiere

8:00pm Prison Wives ID - Series Premiere

8:00pm Ruby Style - Season Premiere

8:30pm NBA Basketball: 2010 All-Star Game TNT - From American Airlines Center in Dallas.

9:00pm Big Love HBO - Ana resurfaces with a revelation that shakes up the family; Bill wants to rebrand the casino and expand advertising

9:00pm Killer Whales Discovery - Special Presentation

9:00pm Predicting Monster Earthquakes Science - Special Presentation

9:00pm Sex-tistics: Your Love Life TLC - Special Presentation

10:00pm Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovery - Special Presentation

10:00pm How to Make It In America HBO - Series Premiere

Monday Daytime

Martha Stewart will be at the White House on President's Day with recipes for turkey lasagna and orange yogurt cake with baked apples from the Obamas' executive chef Cristeta Comerford and pastry chef Bill Yosses. Plus, craft a classic red, white, and blue pinwheel perfect for kids with comedian David Alan Grier

Wendy Williams will have Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg dishing about ABC’s ‘The View’ and her new children’s book and Abercrombie & Fitch model, Ryan McPartlin stops by to chat about NBC’s hit comedy "Chuck."

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