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TV Junkie: Dick 'Dick' Ebersol Leaves NBC Sports - Hallelujah! 'Office' & 'Parks & Rec' Finales

The departure of Dick Ebersol from NBCUniversal Sports hopefully means that NBC won't be ruining the Olympics anymore
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The best TV news story I saw today was the one announcing that Dick Ebersol has resigned his position as head of NBCUniversal Sports. The departure of this nincompoop is the best thing that could have happened to NBCUniversal and the Olympics as America perceives it - there is now hope that NBCUniversal can recover some ground in the sports arena and for Americans to have a decent experience of the Olympics via television. Ebersol is the pompous twit that has consistently lost NBC money on the Olympics, the greatest show on earth, including almost a quarter of a billion dollars in 2010. Pretty much every other Olympics broadcaster made money that year, including the Canadians who provided exponentially more broadcast content than NBC to a population that is 10% of the United States. Ebersol insisted on doling out endless Jim McCay-style vignettes of athletes and their backgrounds instead of showing us the actual competition. To this day Americans know more about Michael Phelps' dog and his eating habits than they do about the actual performance of the American swim team of 2008. Ebersol also limited Americans access to live broadcasts of the Olympics, often showing footage that was 12-24 hours old instead of live transmissions.When I was at Whistler for the 2010 Olympics, NBC was a non-entity, there were no live broadcasts from the town or camera crews talking to the many athletes as they embarked on their days competition or upon their return from an event. This was in contrast to the coverage from every other country who had studios in the town where they conducted live interviews with competitors minutes after they finished coming down off the mountain - this was, of course, after that country had broadcast the event live. NBC, under Ebersol, had no such facility or inclination to provide that kind of necessary content to Americans.

Let's also not forget that Ebersol decided to wade into NBC's epic Conan O'Brien/Jay Leno mess, calling O'Brien an "astounding failure," "gutless," and accused him of running "The Tonight Show" into the ground. After Leno was reinstated at "The Tonight Show" his numbers were below those of O'Brien's and he scored some of the lowest ratings in almost 2 decades.

Good riddance to Ebersol, may he never have a job in TV again.
Tonight we'll see the hour-long season finales of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" both of which promise to be quite good. "The Office" will trot out an incredible assortment of guest stars vying for the job of boss of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, including Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, James Spader, Ray Romano, and Catherine Tate.

For a bit of Nick Offerman aka Ron Swanson, check the clip at the end of this post where Offerman tours the NBC Store at 30 Rock during this week's upfronts in NYC. You could also check out our very funny vid with Offerman at the 2011 PaleyFest.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Parks and Recreation," "Chelsea Lately" (Actress Lucy Liu; TV correspondent Michael Yo; comic Arden Myrin; comic Brad Wollack), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actress Ellen Barkin; TV-show host Chris Hardwick; chef Michael Schlow)

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7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Gadgets; Asian underground.

8:00pm The Big Bang Theory CBS - Season Finale.

9:00pm The Office NBC - Season Finale. Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, James Spader, Ray Romano, and Catherine Tate all interview to become the new boss! Hour Long Episode

9:00pm SoCal Connected KCET - New episode about local news, politics, society, the arts.

9:00pm Grey's Anatomy ABC - Season Finale.

9:00pm The Mentalist CBS - Season Finale.

9:00pm Bones Fox - Season Finale.

10:00pm Parks and Recreation NBC - The parks department is unhappy when Chris makes big changes; Leslie is surprised when Ben has a meeting with her mother.

10:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - Leslie and the Parks Department organize a memorial for a dearly departed friend; Tom makes a big decision; Chris reacts poorly to a health issue.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Lucy Liu; TV correspondent Michael Yo; comic Arden Myrin; comic Brad Wollack.

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11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar guests

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - TV host Kelly Ripa; actress Jennifer Lawrence; performance from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Jack Black; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Parachute performs.

12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Albert Brooks; author Chaz Bono; Rammstein performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Tony Shalhoub; author Sloane Crosley.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Ellen Barkin; TV-show host Chris Hardwick; chef Michael Schlow.