Figure skater/headline maker Adam Rippon declined the opportunity to become an NBC correspondent for the rest of the 2018 Winter Games when he realized it would mean leaving the Olympic team and Village. “My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them,” tweeted the U.S. team bronze medalist after news broke prematurely that he’d be taking the job. Rippon said of NBC’s outreach, “I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter …2018 is a wild girl.” So wild for Rippon, in fact, that on Monday’s Today, Hoda Kotb said to the breakout star, “We’re trying to figure out who’s had a better Olympics than you.” (Rippon’s reply: “Maybe somebody who actually won them?”)
Global Road Entertainment is joining the Miss America Organization and Tall Pony Productions for the Miss America Competition, airing on ABC Sunday, September 9. Phil Gurin (Shark Tank), the company’s president of unscripted & alternative television, will join the show as an EP. It’s one in a series of changes for the reimagined show, which […]
WOW factor: AXS TV will provide the television production and cable, satellite and telco distribution for all-female WOW wrestling events, as part of a deal with LA Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, MGM Television and David McLane (GLOW). AXS TV will start recording WOW events in LA later this year for broadcast beginning in early 2019.
ESPN is doubling down on its coverage of the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm on Thursday, at 7p. The company will produce two unique, simultaneous telecasts on both ESPN and ESPN2 with the traditional telecast running on ESPN and now featuring a commentator lineup that includes host Rece Davis, NBA analyst Chauncey Billupsand […]
NBC Sports opened the doors to the NASCAR on NBC “Peacock Pit Box” ahead of its share of the season, serving as a state-of-the-art remote studio set designed to “bring viewers closer to the action” during NBC and NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018 NASCAR season. Built within a traditional pit box frame, the “Peacock Pit […]
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