Well, the Olympics are finally done and TV is returning to normal, such as it is.
At the end of the day, NBC will count its coverage of the games as a success. More than 185 million pairs of eyeballs tuned into the network during its two weeks of coverage, which allowed people to remember that the Peacock still actually broadcasts these days.
NBC certainly didn't distinguish itself during the coverage, be it showing the U.S. hockey team's games not on the main network for most of the Olympics to controversial coverage of a Georgian luger's death to interrupting the closing ceremonies to air "The Marriage Ref."
Thank goodness the Olympics did air, however, because otherwise we'd never know that "Parenthood" will debut tomorrow.
Of course, you can't be too harsh in your criticism of the network. Broadcasting something as big as the Olympics, there are bound to be mistakes and bad decisions. At the end of the day, the network needed a shot in the arm -- badly -- and got it with its Olympic coverage.
WGXA BEGINS NEW NEWS COVERAGE: You can check out my article for more information on the main macon.com Web site, but in a nutshell WGXA will be expanding its local Fox news coverage by adding a 5:30 p.m. broadcast, while adding two broadcasts for the local ABC signal at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., beginning tonight.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: I guess someone will have to wake up the control booth people at CBS and tell them to get back to work, since the network didn't show any new episodes of any of its dramatic programming during the last two weeks. Tonight is all new, including the return of "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30 p.m.
ABC wraps up another season of "The Bachelor," with a two-hour finale beginning at 8 p.m., followed by a wrap-up show at 10 p.m.
NBC returns to its regular programming with a new "Chuck" at 8 p.m., followed by a new "Law & Order." "Life Unexpected" is also new at 9 p.m.
Fox airs a "House" rerun at 8 p.m. -- not sure why they would, but oh well -- followed by a new "24" at 9 p.m.
On cable, "Damages" is brand-new at 10 p.m., while Showtime has new installments of "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" from 10-11 p.m.
Finally, Jay Leno returns as host of "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) It will be interesting to see how seriously the franchise was damaged over the network's bungling of Conan O'Brien's stint and the disaster that was "The Jay Leno Show."
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