The London Games officially commence Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC), and the gymnastics competition gets under way Saturday with the men’s team qualification (check NBCOlympics.com for the live stream schedule, and watch NBC’s primetime coverage that night). Before he headed abroad, we asked Tim Daggett, a member of the gold-medal winning ’84 U.S. Men’s gymnastics team who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to tell us five ways he prepares. READ FULL STORY
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While we await the opening of the London Games on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC), and the start of the swimming competition on Saturday (check the live stream and TV schedules on NBCOlympics.com), we asked three-time 1984 gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to tell us the five greatest things we won’t see on TV.
1. The warmup pool. There’s hugs and kisses and cheers and tears. Even an occasional fist fight will happen back in the warmup pool. It happened in ’84 when I was competing in L.A. I just saw a fist fight start between two guys from two different countries. Even though there are cameras, people feel like they’re away from the peering eyes, so they’re not on guard as much. Sometimes you’ll see a coach get in an athlete’s face, which she or he wouldn’t do out in the competition pool. READ FULL STORY
After the Olympic cauldron is lit Friday night to open the London Games (NBC, 7:30 p.m. ET), we won’t have to wait long for the first Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte showdown — they’ll go head-to-head in the first swimming final, the Men’s 400m IM, in which Lochte defeated Phelps at the U.S. trials, on Saturday (watch live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com or during NBC’s primetime coverage that night). As a walkup, we asked three-time 1984 gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who’ll be calling his sixth Olympics for NBC, to name five times he’s been on the edge of his seat. Read (and watch!) his picks below, then add yours. READ FULL STORY
Emmy nominations will be announced tomorrow at 8:40 a.m. ET on Emmys.com, read aloud by Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman. (UPDATE: Due to weather and travel delays, Offerman will not make it to L.A. for the announcement. Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel will join Washington.) Leading up to the deadline for ballots to be returned, EW.com spoke with some of the actors and showrunners on our wish list in our Emmy Watch series. But which surprise would make you happiest? READ FULL STORY
We’re sure you always read ESPN The Magazine‘s annual Body Issue, on newsstands today, for the articles.* But this year, you really might. There’s a juicy feature by Sam Alipour on life in the Olympic Village titled “Will you still medal in the morning?” It’s not news that there tends to be a lot of sex happening when you put the world’s top athletes together with a need to blow off steam. That’s why the village clinic will have a reported 100,000 condoms on hand. But it’s always fun to read about. The Top 10 quotes from the feature, which you should read in its entirety here (there’s so much more!): READ FULL STORY
Tonight marks the last night of the swimming trials. While as TV viewers, we were hoping NBC’s coverage would include the special 100M runoff between sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh, who tied for third in that track and field final, that now appears to be off. Still worth watching tonight: 45-year-old swimmer Dara Torres tries to make her fifth Olympic team in the 50M Freestyle.
NBC had four hours of Olympic trials coverage Sunday night with swimming, track and field, and women’s gymnastics. The highlights: READ FULL STORY
Did everyone get as excited as I did seeing Bob Costas show up for the fourth night of the swimming trials? It wasn’t so much that I needed to see him interview Ryan Lochte, a conversation that started slow but had a strong finish. It was that it made me excited for the opening ceremony in London, which I assume he’ll once again call with Matt Lauer. I look forward to the trivia they’ll drop: In 2008, I learned that at the 1936 games, Haiti and Liechtenstein realized they had the same flag, and in 2010, I learned that in 1964, a group of Mongolian cross-country skiers showed up unexpectedly at the Innsbruck Olympics but were allowed to compete anyway. Fill, gentlemen! Fill!
In the meantime, here are a few things I picked up during Night 4 (not from Bob, unless noted): READ FULL STORY
While the U.S. Olympic swimming trials continue tonight in prime time with another Lochte-Phelps showdown in the 200m freestyle final (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), the gymnastics competition kicks off tomorrow. Below, we’ve got an exclusive image of hopefuls John Orozco, Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, and two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton on their (Abbey) Road to London. READ FULL STORY
Awake creator Kyle Killen and star Jason Isaacs have promised fans a satisfying series finale with an emotional resolution in tonight’s final hour. Read our interview with them here and see what else they had to say (Isaacs talks Britten’s nudity, breakdown, and large notepad, while Killen explains why he’s not actively shopping the show to another network).
As a special treat for fans who’ve stayed with the show — we’ve seen tonight’s episode, and it’s worth it — Killen will join us here at 10 p.m ET/7 p.m. PT for a live chat during the finale’s East Coast airing to answer your questions. After the series premiere in March, 62 percent of readers predicted neither reality would end up being real and Britten would somehow learn both his wife Hannah and son Rex had survived the car crash. According to Isaacs, who — sorry sci-fi fans — says the series really was about psychological denial, one of the worlds is a dream. What’s your prediction now for which reality is real and how the series will end?
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If you can’t get enough of Zac Efron’s biceps in the trailer for The Lucky One, here’s something else to tide you over until the Nicholas Sparks adaptation hits theaters on April 20: Efron’s left bicep on the May cover of Men’s Health. You’re welcome. Should you want to read the article, as well as ogle more sexy armed forces-inspired photos, you’ll find out just how he got into Marine shape with the help of trainer Logan Hood, a former Navy SEAL. By the time the film wrapped, Efron had gained 18½ pounds. For four months, five days a week, he began his day at 5:30 a.m. with “a shake and, you know, an eight-egg omelet” before working out for an hour on a full stomach. He’d eat six to eight times a day, with shakes between meals, to reach his daily target of 3,500 calories. Read tips from his trainer here.
Other essential info, from the cover story: “He’s been having dinner lately with Warren Beatty, a master with wisdom to share.” (Again, you’re welcome.)
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