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— Fake-fake-fake: Those 56 children representing the different ethnicities of China? Yeah, not so much. Tomorrow’s headline: The entire opening ceremony was done on a Culver City soundstage with all roles performed by Andy Serkis in a motion-capture suit.
— Michael Hiestand in defense of NBC: “Another step in the long slog toward bringing common sense to Olympic TV.”
— So what’s China’s Olympics coverage like? “None of the polish and packaging that you’d get from the folks at NBC.Not much history or background on the contestants beyond where in Chinathey were born. And certainly no visits to hometowns and no proud,teary-eyed parent.”
— Can Michael Phelps turn Olympic gold into Madison Ave. cash? (Of course, as long as he doesn’t, you know, smile too much).
— NBC has a new reality project: “Celebrity Come Dine With Me” (you can’t mock it when you break it)
— Beijing fireworks creator was almost fooled by CGI fakies.
— NBC won’t go live on West Coast for Phelps tonight.
— “Army Wives” creator pushed out.Katherine Fugate’s quote should give TV industry insiders a chuckle:”With the show such an established hit, now seems like a logical timefor me to step away and focus on developing new projects.”
— Matthew Fox gets a raise.
— Something called the Format Recognition and Protection Assn. tries to tell ABC what to do.
— Is it fair to compare Howie Mandel and Jeff Probst?
— Sepinwall on “Skins:” “Compared with the amount of sex, booze and drugs — in both talk anddeed — in the ‘Skins’ pilot, ‘Gossip Girl’ is a Parents TelevisionCouncil gold star winner.”
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