NBC is making another call to the bullpen for Friday night's primetime Olympic coverage. After three days of Today host Matt Lauer filling in for Bob Costas and his nasty eye infection, Meredith Vieira will take a turn in the anchor's chair. Vieira becomes the first woman to host primetime Olympic coverage for NBC.
Meredith Vieira to host tonight's Olympic primetime and late night shows on NBC. Bob Costas continues to heal. Matt Lauer gets the night off— NBCSportsPR (@NBCSportsPR) February 14, 2014
After pulling double duty for three days and doing both the morning and primetime shifts for NBC, Lauer told the New York Times, "I can't do this schedule for any prolonged period of time." The decision to move to Vieira makes sense from the standpoint that she doesn't hold a full-time position at NBC covering these Olympics and has served as a special correspondent for NBC News since stepping away from the Today Show in 2011. She also hosted the Opening Ceremony with Lauer at the beginning of the Sochi Olympics. For what it's worth, Costas has gone on record and said he hopes to return to television this weekend.
Once again, NBC has made the choice to go with an experienced morning show anchor instead of one of their many talented sportscasters working the Olympics. All of their four main sports anchors - Dan Patrick, Al Michaels, Rebecca Lowe, or Mary Carillo - would be great choices to pilot the all-important primetime coverage. All four are excellent and better yet, they cover the Olympics on a regular basis. Instead, NBC's choice of Vieira once again shows that primetime coverage isn't about sports, it's about people and human interest stories and how they can best script the games. Primetime coverage is not targeted towards fans of Olympic competition, it's directed towards fans of the Olympic primetime live action miniseries. If you ever needed more confirmation of the primetime Olympics as a television production and not an actual sporting event, NBC passing over their talented sports division twice is it.
Matt Lauer is Horrible !! I'm going to watch something else. Your destroying the already boring Olympics. Worst ever! He knows nothing of sports. You Suck NBC ! Time to turn the channel. NBC Sucks!! And Matt Lauer is a Poo-Butt and should be instead out in the streets doing news on all those stray Dogs out in Sochi. It would be more fitting.
I fully agree with Ed Muraski's comment about the interview. Interviewers need to be taught some good sense!! Louise Gorton
The interview of Bode Miller was the worst I have ever seen. The lady who interviewed him got in his face and asked intimidating questions and refused to back off. The mention of his old age was also embarrassing and discriminatory. Did she have a grudge against him?
She should have only asked Bode a few question and talked to the silver medalist, but she totally ignored him what poor reporting.
Why is Bode millers wife miked? Who cares what she has to say. Really? It's embarrassing. Is she trying to milk the media attention? It come rely ruined the coverage.
Whomever just interviewed Bode Miller should be fired! Really lady, stop with the questions about his brother. They were very innapropriate and were obviously being asked to get Bode to break down. Very disappointed with NBC for stooping so low. In hope Matt doesn't continue the same line of questioning when he interviews Bode. Bode was very gracious.
Sure miss Jim McKay and ABC coverage of the Olympics!
Sorry Matt & Merideth. You might try a cook off event!
What's wrong with Al Michaels???? Matt Lauer AndMerideth, both did a terrible job..... You could tell neither knew anything about sports. Please chose one of you more knowledgable sports announcers. I am not happy with Nbc at this point.
I watched Meredith, she so similar to Bob or Matt - it made me think it's all scripted and has little to do with the person talking. What bothered me most was her saying she overheard someone saying, 'Hillary should have Oshie as her running mate'. If she were truly a balanced reporter and not a liberal reporter she would have said, 'a Presidential candidate would win with Oshie as a running mate'. I wonder how many Americans don't notice these little slips of information the media constantly feeds us to switch the vote the way they think is right.
Doesn't NBC know there are probably dozens of highly qualified sportscasters in their channels that can also handle the back-stories on athletes to stand in for Costas? Lauer?! Vieira?! What, because they're in the neighborhood? So is Sean White & at least he knows something about the Olympics & could ask something other than, "How's it feel?" and otherwise read mechanically off a prompter.
Give someone the chance their whole lives have laid the foundation for. Too bad for Costas, but this is the once-in-a-lifetime career-making break that American Dreams are made of. Ot does NBC just want to deny qualified people that opportunity to keep them in their places & play it safe & save a few dollars while making the rest of the world squirm with queasiness over the irritation & national awkwardness of watching Lauer & Vieira pretend this makes any sense & that they have any simpatico with young Olympic athletes. Get someone on who knows something about sports. Obviously, NBC had no backup plan, but pretty sure they have email & a travel agent. Please do something sensible. Give a soortscaster his/her own shot at Olympic victory.
The Eyes of Bob Costas match his politics after his comments about the wonderful history of Russia. Bob obviously did not bring up Government sponsored Starvation, Religious/Political persecution, The Gulag, Government Controlled Press and the total lack of freedom of expression. Bob's eyes love Putin.
How about put one of the highly-qualified sports hosts on the anchor desk? No one will think less of NBC if Al Michaels, Dan Patrick or (for a major NBC-style show of "welcome to the new millennium" progressiveism) Rebecca Lowe is hosting from the studios in Stamford instead of from the IBC in Sochi. Any of those three would make a wonderful anchor while Costas continues to recover.
@PeterThiele Is the Olympics coverage the place to dwell on a country's shortcomings or controversial past? When the United States hosts the Olympics, I do not think people want to hear about its history of taking the country away from Native Americans, the history of slavery, spotty history of women's rights, etc. No country is without negative events in its past, including Russia and the United States. But the Olympics is not the place to talk about these topics. Celebrating Russia's positive history, which it has just as much as the United States, is appropriate at the Olympics.
@jrr410 Your logic is stunning... Considering the very same people who participated in the crimes of the soviet union are still alive and some in positions of power.