Sunday, July 29, 2012
Word now surfaces that there was a section devoted to people who had died, and not only did NBC not air it – they replaced it with an insipid Ryan Seacrest interview. Set aside for a moment that Ryan Seacrest has no business being there in the first place. I’m sure his only exposure to sports is playing Marco Polo in the pool with the Kardashian sisters. But why should NBC decide which parts of the ceremony we see and which we don’t? I can even understand if it’s a time issue but they spent the first half hour showing us filler bullshit. And we must’ve watched David Beckham riding in a boat for ten minutes.
And it gets worse. When asked to account for this, NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes actually defended their decision. "Our program is tailored for the U.S. television audience," he said. "It's a credit to (ceremony director) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing."
A credit to Danny Boyle?! Really? A credit?! That’s maybe the greatest “You look fabulous for a fat girl” left handed compliment ever.
I wonder just what NBC’s thought process was to edited out that segment. It was too much of a downer? They had a promo for new Matthew Perry sitcom scheduled and it just wouldn’t fit? Meredith made a joke over it? Ryan Seacrest had it in his ridiculous mega-deal? It was a compromise – half the executives wanted to cut Paul McCartney instead?
Here's a link to that section. (Thanks Sam Simon for finding it.)
Is there any way we in America could watch the Closing Ceremony from Denmark’s feed? Or Costa Rica’s? (Thanks to reader Kathleen, apparently there is. Here's that link.)
One thing is for sure, and as an Oscar-winning director, Danny Boyle should know this: Never direct anything without first getting the final cut.
By Ken Levine at 12:58 PM