5 Shows After Dark: I Am Legitimately Excited About This

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | August 12, 2012 | Comments ()


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"London Gold" on NBC at 7:00pm ET. This is a 90 minute special presentation preceding the closing ceremonies where Bob Costas and Al Michaels will highlight stories and moments from the Olympics which, if you've been watching the Olympics, is likely highly unnecessary and annoying. Much like a great deal of NBC's Olympic coverage, particularly the parts where they, you know, didn't bother airing Olympic events during their primetime Olympic coverage.

"2012 Olympic Summer Games" on NBC at 8:30pm ET. This is the actual closing ceremonies featuring a whole collection of British artists. I am sad that the Olympics are ending, despite my frustrations with NBC. But I can't be sad for too long because...

"Air Jaws Apocalypse" on Discovery at 9:00pm. SHARK WEEK, OO HA HA!

"Breaking Bad" on AMC at 10:00pm ET.

"Animal Practice" on NBC at 10:38pm. Series premiere. I swear to god, you guys, if they interrupt the PREVIOUSLY RECORDED closing ceremonies to air this damn show I will burn down NBC. Except probably not, because I'm already anticipating that will happen because that's how low my expectations are at this point.

Genevieve Burgess hates NBC's handling of the Olympics just as much as NBC apparently hates her.



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  • BierceAmbrose

    I'm just watching this now through the magic of the Interwebs.

    So, "Olympic Closing Ceremonies" is the host country's chance to put on their version of the Grammy's production numbers by way of Superbowl halftime?

    Allrighty then.

  • BierceAmbrose

    You do not sing "We Will Rock You" with sloppy vibrato and enough reverb to choke a hair metal power-ballad. It simply isn't done.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Queen is still pretty much Britain's house band, aren't they?

  • BierceAmbrose

    It's Renegade Nuns on Wheels! Where were the Macho Women with Guns? Did I miss them? Drat.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Narrating Eric Idle's sight-gag? Please.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Does Oasis-lite seem just wrong without the immanent threat of violence on the stage?

    Thinks-he's-Jim-Morrison-brother looks a bit cleaned up from his nadir. Is he off drugs, or maybe just stopped injecting heroin/Drano cocktails? Voice is stronger to, up to a full 12% of the awesome at his peak.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Is it wrong that I wanted the spice-rack's cars to crash in the middle of the field? Obviously, I've been watching too much Robot Chicken.

  • Aislinn

    “Animal Practice” on NBC at 10:38pm. Series premiere. I swear to god,
    you guys, if they interrupt the PREVIOUSLY RECORDED closing ceremonies
    to air this damn show I will burn down NBC. Except probably not, because
    I’m already anticipating that will happen because that’s how low my
    expectations are at this point."

    Not only did they do this, they also cut out Muse's performance of the OFFICIAL SONG and delayed The Who's performance as well.

    Jesus Christ, NBC.

  • Matty

    ROCKTOPUS!!!

  • Oh yeah, that octopus was a highlight! Phoenix schmix, bring on the bouncy octo with strange women dancing inside of it!

  • Skyler Durden

    BREAKING BAD OMG YOU GUYS.

    Hello?

    Hello?

    /crickets

  • sailboat

    Todd, what the fuck.

  • Jim

    Honest question from an old Canadian: Why are Americans so freaking obsessed with this "shark week" business? I find it just bizarre that you've had more than one. (Or am I missing "Grizzly Week" and a host of others?)

  • Tinkerville

    You know.. I've rewritten a response to this several times now in an effort to put into words the awesomeness that is Shark Week. I love Shark Week. I try to catch every second of it. Why? Beyond the fact that the reenactments are sidesplittingly hilarious, they show truly amazing shark footage, you get to hear experts wax poetic about the BEE-OOTTYY of the creatures like it's Christmas, and there are some amazing drinking games that come out of it, I don't really have a good answer. It's Shark Week and it's fucking fantastic.

  • rogers

    I'm an American, and I agree. If you've seen one great white shark jumping out of the water you've seen them all.

    I prefer the "old school" Attenborough nature shows (the water vole!).

  • Leelee

    The closing ceremony was completely insane. Legitimately on acid, cracked out, balls to the wall mental. It was like a British-only Eurovision for two and a half hours. But the Spice Girls? Oh, the Spice Girls pulled it off. I dare say they were even better than the nuns on roller-blades.
    I am, however, disappointed that we allowed Russell Brand back into the country. For goodness sake America, we pawned him off on you - we don't want him back!

  • e jerry powell

    As an American, my opinion doesn't count for much, but I think that the travesty that was Russell Brand was more than offset by the presence of Annie Lennox.

    Brits: consider yourselves fortunate that you didn't have to suffer the #NBCFail-ness that was Ryan Seacrest's commentary.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Jessie Freaking J...with Queen. Christ. Wonder if anyone outside UK knows Emelie Sande, but glad we got to show some young talent other than One Direction and the Unitarded One.

  • Mr_Zito

    The opening ceremony was great because it had a sense of continuity throughout it, but this closing ceremony really dropped the ball, it didn't make any sense, and ended up being very boring. I was curious about the Brazilian part of it, and we got the disgusting image of our fascist mayor waving the flag. But it ended up being a nice short and straightforward little ceremony inside the ceremony.

  • Holly

    I didn't watch the opening ceremony, but this one completely won me over with the Spice Girls being awesome and Suprise!Eric Idle (it was a surprise for me anyway). Seriously, it was awesome. As a curious Brazilian,

  • Genevieve Burgess

    There were some major audio problems on NBC, because they were lazy and just had mics in the arena instead of using the feed from the microphones on the performers, but it was visually very interesting. It had good atmosphere too, if that makes sense, it looked like everyone was having fun which is a great introduction.

    I so wish I could go to Rio in 2016. Anyone know how you go about selling a kidney?

  • The mics were out of whack in the UK too. It made all the lead singers' voices sound more live than the rest of the music, just all over the place.

    But my friend sang in the backing choir (she was in front with giant ponytail looking fly) and they sounded great though.

    Jessie J was my main gripe - just what was up with that freakin' outfit - both of them really. Why make one side a leotard and the other with unitard leg?! I get she's popular and british blah blah, but let Freddie Mercury keep the Queen singing duties!

    And don't get me started on Kaiser Chiefs fucking up The Who royally...

    Pet Shop Boys ruled and Take That was a welcome (non) surprise.

    I heard some of the artistic director musical choices were influenced by the gay mafia, which is why George Michael got two songs along w/ Jessie J...just a rumor but it does make a bit of sense!

  • Jezzer

    ..."gay Mafia"?

  • e jerry powell

    Yes. We own the Olympic ceremonies.

  • Holly

    uh, how do I edit this? I obviously wasn't done. Anyway, I was going to ask what the Brazilian presentation looked like to foreign eyes.

  • I thought it was pretty awesome, but had to have Brazilian friend tell me it was Seu Jorge playing as BBC didn't say...I half wanna come to Rio now for another round of Olympics madness!

    Oh and it woulda been cool if they had some subtitles in english, but sure that would be hard with live event...

  • Holly

    I'm wondering about the subtitles too! They'll probably choose songs know world-wide. Let's just hope they don't do to "Girl of Ipanema" what the Brits did to poor "We Will Rock You."

    I have this feeling our ceremonies will just be CRAZY BANANAS and everybody (in Brazil) is going to complain either that a) there was too much samba how come they didn't represent the musical culture of each one of our 26 states or b) it should have been only samba, that's what we do best anyway. And the people who choose "a" will complain about the nudity (thank god Jessie J isn't brazilian) and the amount of black participants. I'm betting a million bucks with myself on this one .

  • Bandit

    The appearance of Brand just ruined the mood. Thank Heavens for Eric Idle and his nonsense. Also, Jessie J need to stop doing things. All things. Just stop it.

    Now bring on the Paralympics and let us cheer the superhumans.

  • e jerry powell

    What, a bunch of middle-aged tarts that could stand to eat a few sandwiches?

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