TV Junkie: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies Tonight; MTV Moves Events Back to LA
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 our laptop 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".