Great news. I think Johnny and Tara and Tanith are smart, insightful and interesting. I love it!!!!! Good move by NBC!!!
I really like Terry Gannon too - did anyone else watching think of Terry commentating when Tara was on the ice at 14 and 15-years old and now there she is sitting with him? Same can be said for Johnny.
It made me realize that I've been watching for quite a while!
I thought Johnny did a nice job for his first time.
Johnny has done commenting before----this was not his first time. I think he does an excellent job.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), Johnny Weir will appear on the fourth hour of the Today show on NBC. (On the east coast, it begins at 10 am.)
Watch for me tomorrow morning live on @klgandhoda! Love those girls!
8:14 AM - 29 Oct 13
Now for some wild speculation on my part:
Kathie Lee Gifford has been away the first two mornings of this week. So far, Hoda Kotb has co-hosted with a different KLG fill-in each morning.
I wonder whether KLG still will be away tomorrow morning, and if so, who her fill-in for the full hour will be.
(Monday's was Jenna Bush Hager, who is a Today show correspondent/regular; and today's was actor Anthony Mackie. The show seems to be casting a wide net, so who knows who will take the seat tomorrow?? )
I am not a huge fan of Tara's as a commentator. I wonder what else she does for a living or did she already make millions and saved it?
I think she is financially secure.
Weir simply will be a guest.
Update: Weir participated in a short quiz segment about the Sochi Olympics. Audience members tried to answer the multiple-choice questions. Weir's role was to give the correct answer (also shown on screen) and to add a few words of explanation/commentary. The questions were relatively superficial -- not Weir's fault.
I caught part of this segment at lunch. Johnny says he will have sparkles on his clothes when he sits in his little commentators' chair in Sochi.
Nastia Liukin will have an NBC role in Sochi of the same nature as Belbin's:
2008 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin To Join NBC Olympics in Sochi
Russian-Born, 5-Time Medal-Winning Olympic Gymnast to Serve as Reporter for NBC Olympics
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 30, 2013 – Former U.S. gymnast Nastia Liukin, a winner of five Olympic medals including gold in the all-around at the 2008 Beijing Games, will join NBC Olympics for its Winter Games coverage in Sochi, Russia, it was announced today.
Liukin, a dual Russian-U.S. citizen who was born in Moscow, will serve as a reporter for NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage and will present daily features for The Olympic Zone, NBC Olympics’ 30-minute daily show for NBC affiliates covering all aspects of the Games.
Hat tip to @nrarmour of AP.
How lovely that Nastia will be there! I liked her a lot as a competitor, and it makes sense to have someone bilingual to give us insights into the events, the competitors and the local culture.
So excited to be judging #MissUniverse at #CrocusCityHall in Moscow Russia next weekend! Tune into #NBC on Nov 9th. @MissUniverse
7:25 AM - 2 Nov 13
So .... has Lipinski had this kind of quasi-high-profile role (unrelated to skating) in recent memory?
Or is NBC making a recent push to increase her "celebrity" cred and Q rating?
Not saying that judging the Miss Universe pageant is akin to performing at the Super Bowl (random analogy that popped into my head), but Lipinski's fellow judges include Steven Tyler and Carol Alt. Mel B is a co-host. So Lipinski will be rubbing elbows with some much bigger names.
(OTOH, the names of some other judges do not mean anything to me.)
I am making a not-too-far-fetched assumption here that NBC is involved -- along with pageant management -- in selecting the judges.