Did you see the ending of the Olympics Closing Ceremonies?
Yeah… we didn’t either.
There we were, in the middle of me explaining to Dot that Annie Lennox is the voice behind the Eurythmics, when our screen went dark. After a brief moment, a message popped up that indicated it was a DirecTV issue, no need to call. Funny thing is, it was only NBC. All other channels worked just fine.
Well that’s fine and dandy, except it never came back. After 25 minutes I gave up trying. Since it would be rebroadcast in the middle of the night, we just set our DVR in hopes of recouping what we missed.
I hadn’t had a chance to watch any of it before hearing that NBC failed epically by cutting short the broadcast in favor of a TV show premiere.
Apparently, NBC thinks that a 22-minute comedy that features a monkey is far more attractive than seeing world athletes come together in unison and rejoice in the common goals we all share and hope for only once every four years.
I don’t make this stuff up.
So let me get this straight:
NBC wants ratings. NBC wants us to watch the Olympics… but not really. They want us to watch their version of the Olympics. You know, the edited, time-delayed, spoilers-previously-announced-by-newscasters Olympics.
I myself am looking forward to the next Olympics. Maybe these four years in between will give NBC time enough to learn how to do it right. Or, even better, let a different network do it better.
And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!