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February 13, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
Finally, instead of TMZ, is America saying TMI? Too much information about a celebrity? The NBC news accounts of Philip Seymour Hoffman's “secret diaries” - two volumes found in his apartment - are getting some surprising pushback. The Times' story on the NBC exclusive cites Twitter comments about the diaries - not their contents but NBC's revealing them - as “pretty tacky that anon police are offering news orgs Philip Seymour Hoffman's diary.” And so on: “simply nauseatingly intrusive” and “just despicable.” The Times' story itself attracted a comment in the same vein: “This is a ridiculous invasion of privacy ... he did not shoot up a school, murder his wife ... he killed himself, why do they need to know what's in his diary?
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Eye-yi-yi: Viewers may not see much of Bob Costas for a while as the NBC Olympics host continues to battle an eye infection that has temporarily taken him off the air.  "It's a slow process," Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "He's very frustrated. " Costas' health woes have become a hot topic on social media at the 2014 Winter Game in Sochi, Russia. The longtime NBC sports broadcaster covered the first few days of the Games, but the eye infection steadily worsened and over the weekend became obvious as viewers saw redness and irritation spreading to his right eye as well as the left.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Meg James
Despite Bob Costas' persistent eye infection, a heat wave in Sochi and slightly lower NBC prime-time numbers compared with four years ago, NBCUniversal executives are giving the Winter Olympics a high score. Audience levels have exceeded the network's expectations, NBCUniversal executives said Wednesday, particularly when considering the nine- to 12-hour time difference between Russia and the United States. Most viewers are aware of the results of marquee competitions well before NBC's prime-time coverage begins.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Call them the even-if Olympics. Shaun White's bid to land a third consecutive halfpipe gold was going to be one of the most anticipated events of the Sochi Games even if he hadn't hit the deck in his first run of the finals like Tom Hanks' co-stars in "Captain Phillips. " Even if his friend and admirer Iouri Podladtchikov - a Switzerland-residing Russian native known, with Jobs-ian flair, as I-Pod - hadn't staged the run of his life and come down with a stratospheric score. PHOTOS: Faces of the Sochi Olympics Even if someone else besides White had stood atop the halfpipe podium some other time since 2002.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bob Costas' eye infection that has been causing American Olympics viewers much discomfort while watching NBC's coverage of the Games has finally sent the sportscaster back to the bench. Costas will be sitting out NBC's primetime and late-night coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, while he recovers from the infection that was just in his left eye when the Olympics began, but has now spread to both eyes. "Today" host Matt Lauer will be filling in for Costas, who has been told to rest (and give some relief to viewers who were complaining about Costas' uncomfortable look on social media)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer than affects the white blood cells in bone marrow. The 74-year-old former anchor of "NBC Nightly News" is currently contributing to the network's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi. He released a statement through the network. "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Note: This is part of an ongoing series documenting the Sochi Olympics from a TV perspective. Every morning of the Games, we'll look at a key moment from the previous day that NBC captured, elevated, honored, bungled or otherwise reported in a notable way, as only the most televised event on the planet can be covered. Olympics TV coverage can follow some time-tested narratives. There's the comeback tale (Kerri Strug or Bode Miller in past Games) the indomitable champion (Shaun White)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
When it comes to the Olympics, one of the great things about this age of the live stream is that everything is viewable. Unfortunately for NBC, one of the bad things about this age of the live stream is that everything is viewable,including that which was cut from a prime-time broadcast. Two notable omissions were clear to viewers of the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. The first was the more amusing of the two - the scene of members of the Russian Internal Affairs Departmental choir singing along to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting into the Olympic spirit. The Skinny: I typically haven't been much of an Olympics guy but I will give it a shot. But if I'm not hooked, I guess I can use the next two weeks to catch up on everything I'm supposed to watch. Friday's roundup includes the weekend box office preview, reviews of Jay Leno's final show and, of course, Olympic stories. By the way, I'm watching Leno's final show on my computer while I type this. Technology is something, isn't it?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC carried "bonus" coverage of the Winter Olympics ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, easily beating the other broadcast networks, though other high-rated shows including "American Idol" and "Big Bang Theory" held relatively steady against the sports competition.   Time zone-adjusted numbers haven't been released yet, but in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, the Olympics garnered an 11.8 rating (18% share of households watching TV) in prime time. That's the best broadcast metered market result for a Thursday night since NBC's coverage of the 2013 NFL kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.
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