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Bob Costas disses NBC's Olympics coverage on 'Conan' -- VIDEO

A few weeks ago, America’s collective shaming of NBC was approaching gratuitous levels. How many times can a nation complain about Ryan Seacrest’s Olympics interviews? But by now, the wave of criticism has ebbed — meaning that we can once more enjoy well-worded Peacock disses, especially if they’re delivered in Bob Costas’s dulcet tones.

The sportscaster visited his ex network-mate Conan O’Brien last night. In between anecdotes about Yogi Berra and his old job as an encyclopedia salesman, Costas was asked if he was pleased, in the end, with NBC’s London telecasts. That led Costas to give an inspired little speech about how the network chose to air a “monkey in a lab coat” instead of a Closing Ceremony performance by the Who. He ended with this zinger: “I’m sure you’d be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets it right.”

See Costas burn the hand that feeds him below:

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A swimming movie is happening. What other Olympics-based films do you want?

Suffering through Olympics withdrawal?

Hollywood hears you — and from the looks of things, they’re trying to cash-in on some of the once-every-four-years magic.

EW has confirmed that the upcoming film Beached, directed by Jon Turteltaub, will center on a 4-year-old child who falls overboard, is raised by whales, and goes on to become a champion swimmer. (It also sounds somewhat similar to the Disney Channel movie The Thirteenth Year, which means I’m definitely going to buy a ticket.) READ FULL STORY

Ryan Lochte is 'kinda happy' Prince Harry didn't invite him to play strip pool: VIDEO

After making headlines in Sin City, Ryan Lochte is in New York City today for appearances on Today and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Matt Lauer grilled him this morning on his recent race with Prince Harry in a Las Vegas pool. “His people came over to my table and said, Hey, Prince Harry wants to meet you,'” Lochte says. “I was like, ‘Alright, yeah, let’s go meet him.’ So I went over there, met him. I was, like, fully clothed, so was he. He was like, ‘Hey, you want to do somethin’?’ I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘You want to race me in the pool?’ I was like, ‘Alright, let’s go.’ I just took off my shirt, and we jumped in, and we just started racing.” READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': Allyson Felix attempts to 'run' the show

Terrible pun! This is really cute: Allyson Felix, who won the women’s 200m dash at the London Olympics (sniff!), mentioned in interviews that during her down time before racing, she’d been marathoning — a.k.a. watching the entire first season of ABC’s Scandal! Creator Shonda Rhimes immediately invited the smiley sprinter to visit the set. Looks like she fits in perfectly. Vote Felix/Jeter in 2012!

Felix plans to become an elementary school teacher like her mom — but maybe she could guest star on this show first? Every good educator could use a scandal or two under her belt. Click through to see two more shots of her visit. READ FULL STORY

Summer TV Awards: The polls are open!

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You’ve done the nominating, now it’s time to hit the polls for EW’s first annual reader-voted Summer TV Awards. (UPDATE: Polls have now closed.) And your nominees are: READ FULL STORY

Fierce Five gymnasts' new gig? 'Colbert Report' interns -- VIDEO

Stephen Colbert gave a shout-out to his summer interns last night on The Colbert Report, telling viewers their internship was wrapping up to make way for a new batch — five young women “who just returned from some kind of study-abroad program in London.” Cue Gabby Douglas.

The Fab/Fierce Five then tumbled their way across the stage and into Colbert’s heart, as well as answered the question of just how elaborate a pen hand-off could be.

Impressed? McKayla Maroney definitely wasn’t (Girl knows how to work a meme!)

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Summer TV Awards: Your nominations wanted!

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Feeling guilty over the amount of time you’ve spent indoors watching TV since May? Here’s your vindication: Our first annual Summer TV Awards. Help us celebrate the good and call out the bad. Copy and paste the list of categories below into a comment and write in your nominations. Come back tomorrow afternoon when the official nominations are announced and the polls open!

UPDATE: The polls are now open! (And thank you for your patience with the comments not always publishing. We’re looking into it.)

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McKayla Maroney, though not impressed, dazzles on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Vaulting specialist McKayla Maroney — the Posh Spice of the Fierce (née Fab) Five — coolly took the reins of a group interview clearly destined for doom on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Someone had to do it! Team USA’s host didn’t really know what was going on (though that’s his charm) and the other four gymnasts (Aly Raisman, pictured, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, and even Gabby Douglas) never make a peep unless prompted. We love them, of course, our hearts swell for them — but teenagers media-trained into oblivion do not make for good late-night TV. Cheers to Posh for breaking free and stealing the show.

This only strengthens our desire to have McKayla Maroney star in everything from now until Rio. Ryan Lochte can have 90210, fine, but McKayla gets all the others. Look for her as the fiercely short new girl on Pretty Little Liars, or maybe the human version of Ursula the Sea Witch on Once Upon a Time. (A gold medal infused with Bela Karolyi’s screams can replace the shell necklace containing Ariel’s singing voice.)

The Great McKayla TV Tour has only just begun! In our dreams. READ FULL STORY

Michael Phelps for Shark Week 2013? Discovery would 'love' it.

After his final Olympic swim, Michael Phelps said his retirement plans include perfecting his golf game — which he’s since signed a deal to do on-camera with the help of Tiger Woods’ former swing coach Hank Haney for the Golf Channel reality series The Haney Project — and swimming with great white sharks in South Africa. If you were thinking Shark Week 2013, you weren’t the only one. “We’d love to get the two most powerful water superstars together,” Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC, tells EW. And there’s at least one veteran Shark Week filmmaker with an idea how to do it. READ FULL STORY

What's your damage, Olympics commercials?

Welcome to ‘What Is Your Damage,’ Annie Barrett’s summer shop of all the melodrama and self-absorption she misses from springtime reality TV. Every Tuesday and Friday, she’ll rant about a current offense to her humanity, then assess readers’ damages via video replies. Don’t be shy about admitting what annoys or intrigues you. We’re all in this pop cult together!

What’s your damage, Olympics commercials? Way to fuel my post-London depression. The Games are over but you’re still around, bringing back misty water-colored memories of the 17 days I spent cryling (crying/smiling) and LOVING IT on my couch. It’s time to go! You’ll fade out anyway, and it’s best we make a clean break so I can muster up the courage to go outside again. You know I love you, but you’re ultimately a fleeting tease, like Costas’ one-night-only hipster glasses. “What’s Your Damage, London?” volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 were fun, but I can’t keep writing about the Olympics forever. Just once more. Allow me to assess your damage.

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