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SBD/August 3, 2012/Olympics
Idol Hands: Ryan Seacrest Has Not Been Seen Much During NBC's Olympic Coverage
Published August 3, 2012
MAKING THE GRADE: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth grades NBC’s Olympic reporters and gives primetime studio host Bob Costas an “A” for his coverage. Costas has “aged into the standard-bearer for this role, relaxed, experienced, and realizing he's not bigger than the Opening Ceremonies, thus no need to call attention to himself in demanding a personal moment of silence for the '72 Israeli massacre.” Mid-day hosts Dan Patrick and Al Michaels earn an “A-plus,” and NBC should use them for “co-hosting, like an ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ set, instead of trying to segment them.” Seacrest earns a “B,” as he is “bothersome at best with his ‘Social Download’ reports, innocuous at most, making all the proceedings more female familiar.” More of Michelle Beadle "wouldn't be bad instead.” Meanwhile, John McEnroe “reminds us why his 2004 CNBC chat show was canceled after four months.” Hoffarth: "Away from tennis, he's oatmeal. Thankfully, NBC puts him back on the sport for Sunday's men's final. Grade: C-minus” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 8/3).
OTHER OPINIONS: USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand writes NBC has "tightened its interviews and up-close-and-personals, which dragged in past Games, and, mercifully, kept Olympic TV rookie Ryan Seacrest on a short leash." Costas is "good, but as he quickly sends viewers to venues, he could almost be replaced by a hologram” (USA TODAY, 8/3). In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley wrote Costas “apparently has been sipping from the fountain of youth flask Dick Clark carried around for many years," or Costas is “some kind of Benjamin Button or Dorian Gray figure who’s getting younger, not older, every time he works one of these” (JSONLINE.com, 8/2).