Looking forward to the closing ceremony tonight, rumoured to be some surprises celebrating 50 years of British pop.
The London Olympics ended on a sour note in terms of coverage. And some audiences blamed NBC and DirecTV for spoiling their last hours of viewing. The Numbskull Broadcasting Company once again edited the heck out of its tape-delayed primetime broadcast Sunday night of the Closing Ceremonies.
The network cut performances by The Kinks' Ray Davies, Muse, Kate Bush, the Royal Ballet, and Eric Idle singing a swear word. The network also decided George Michael performing a track from his new record wasn't worth sharing with America. (NBC did include Michael's rendition of his classic ”Freedom”.
But NBC's most controversial move was to squeeze in a commercial-free preview of Animal Practice before airing The Who's grand finale. It fell to poor put-upon NBC Olympics host Bob Costas to make the following announcement to viewers: ”We'll be back from Olympic Stadium in about an hour for the London closing party featuring The Who.
But stay tuned now for a full episode of Animal Practice, the new NBC comedy presented commercial free.” The network brass changed plans to air Crystal The Monkey et al after the closing ceremony. Granted, the embattled network is desperate for more eyeballs for its 2012-2013 primetime. But NBC forfeited audience goodwill last night. Viewers were merciless on Twitter at #NBCfail and #closingceremonies.
Krish^^^^ Bri, yep on big screens in the stadium ... was all the daaayooooo, deeedo deeedo dayo stuff (possibly from Wembley '86), with a bit of image tweeking and bells and whistles so it was just him with a black background
Heh, of all the mediocrity on show I thought The Spice Girls and Jessie J were two of the acts that rose above it and actually added some energy and sparkle. The Eric Idle bit was fun but pointless and the Wish You Were Here song just about okay-ish. But neither the opening nor the closing ceremonies were worth anything like the colossal amount of money spent on them.Jessie J or what ever her name, was terrible and spice girls were pretty poor but other than that it was ok.
The original idea was to have all the TV Doctor's images shown but they dropped that due to lack of time. They did indeed use the Tardis sound though. As you say it's a British institution known around the world.Not sure, must have missed it but thought I heard the Tardis sound?
Was hoping it would have had the same prominence as Bond and Bean as internationally known Brit institutions
yep from wembley '86, although they had to edit out the #### you, bit at the end.^^^^ Bri, yep on big screens in the stadium ... was all the daaayooooo, deeedo deeedo dayo stuff (possibly from Wembley '86), with a bit of image tweeking and bells and whistles so it was just him with a black background