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Carl Quintanilla Joins HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’

carl quintanillaCNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla is joining HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” as a correspondent. He will continue to anchor his CNBC shows, including “Squawk on the Street” and newly-launched “Squawk Alley.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining REAL SPORTS,” Quintanilla said in a statement. “The quality of their reporting is as good as there has ever been on television, led by correspondents I’ve admired my entire career. I couldn’t ask for a better team on which to play a part.”

Quintanilla joins a stable of “Real Sports” correspondents including Soledad O’Brien, Mary Carillo and Bernard Goldberg. The announcement from HBO is after the jump. Read more

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On TV Sunday, Nancy Kerrigan vs. Liam Neeson

HardingKerriganNBC Olympics has scheduled its much-hyped documentary about the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan for 7pm Sunday night against CBS’ “60 Minutes” which normally wins the timeslot.

Kerrigan hasn’t talked about the attack plotted by the ex-husband of rival U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. Harding and Kerrigan would go on to compete at the Lillehammer Olympics the following month, where Kerrigan skated away with the silver.

Mary Carillo interviewed both Kerrigan and Harding for the documentary. While Harding has stayed in the spotlight for the last 20 years (remember when she was on the “Weakest Link” in 2001? She was), “It took years to convince Nancy,” Carillo said.

Why now? Kerrigan, who is working as a skating analyst for NBC Olympics in Sochi, says, “I trust Mary and producer Margaret [Grossi] to really just tell the story from my perspective, instead of just assuming what my perspective would be.”

Over on “60 Minutes” Anderson Cooper talks with Liam Neeson about the sudden death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, who died following a skiing accident 5 years ago. The “Schindler’s List” and “Taken” star opens up about donating his wife’s organs, as well as his childhood and how his age is beginning to conflict with his action star roles.

Soledad O’Brien, The Brand

For former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” is something of a reunion. A former low level staffer at NBC News, O’Brien recalls producing segments with then “Today” anchor Gumbel.

“I was terrified,” O’Brien tells TVNewser. “[Gumbel] was one of the smartest and best interviewers in the business, and it was kind of an overwhelming prospect to be in his space.”

Now O’Brien will be on-air contributing to Gumbel’s HBO program, widely regarded as one of the best sports journalism programs on television. O’Brien will join a correspondent team that includes Mary Carillo, Bernard Goldberg and Andrea Kramer.

“I will do what I do, interviews, and to really tell stories, more about the human struggle to overcome something, to get through something,” O’Brien says of her “Real Sports” role. “It is longer form, but for me it is often under-told stories about the human condition.”

Her deal with HBO also includes a “first look” clause, giving the pay cabler first dibs on scripted programming and “long-form programming concepts” from O’Brien’s production company Starfish Media Group. HBO is known for taking real stories and turning them into dramatic films, most recently with the critically-acclaimed Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” and also for “Game Change.”
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The Ticker: ‘Real Sports,’ Weather, O’Donnell

  • Not content to simply name winter storms, The Weather Channel is launching a Winter Storm Index called “Storm: Con,” which will grade winter storms on severity in a 1-10 scale. 1-5 aren’t too bad, but if a 6-10 is coming… watch out.

NBC Olympics Slates Anchors, Correspondents for 2012 Games

NBC Olympics has announced its anchors and correspondents for the upcoming 2012 games in London.

Not surprisingly, Bob Costas will be anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage. This will be Costas’ 10th Olympics, and ninth as primetime host. The network’s weekend and weekday daytime programming will be led by the team of Al Michaels and Dan Patrick. Michaels of course called the famous “Miracle on Ice” game at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. It will be his second Olympics for NBC. The games will be Patrick’s first as anchor, though he served as a correspondent in Vancouver.

The late-night action will be led by Mary Carillo, who is making her 11th Olympics appearance, and third-straight as late night anchor. She will also serve as a correspondent for the games.

Other correspondents will include Ryan Seacrest, former gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and–making his Olympics broadcasting debut–the bad boy of tennis John McEnroe.

NBC News correspondents and NBC Sports contributors will be named closer to the games.

Exclusive: The Ecstasy Of Defeat Cover Revealed

First on SportsNewser: The Onion is releasing The Ecstasy of Defeat this October and SportsNewser has an exclusive first-look at the finalized cover. Published by Hyperion, the book is a collection of the most memorable Onion sports articles, from the classics to recent news stories such as, “Andy Pettitte Retires To Inject HGH Without Being Harassed About It,” as well as “‘And Now For a Thrilling Tennis Season,’ Nobody In Nation Says.”

 

 

John Miller to Create Sports Agency Inside NBC

NBC-Comcast is getting a little bit closer to creating a sports juggernaut.

John Miller, the former CMO of NBC Universal Television Group, will helm “The NBC Sports Agency” as soon as the Comcast merger closes. The group will be similar to “The NBC Agency,” which Miller created and ran from 1999-2010, and serve as the go-to agency for all sports-related advertising at the Peacock.

“Over the last 25 years, John Miller has become one of the most legendary figures in television promotion and marketing,” Dick Ebersol, chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, said in a release. “In a business where people often talk about synergy yet rarely achieve it, John, as Chairman of the NBC Marketing Council, has demonstrated to all of us how we can come together for the betterment of all. NBC Sports’ big-event strategy, which has produced record audiences for the Olympics, NFL, NHL and horse racing, is predicated on this marketing strategy. And now John will be masterminding that coordination for NBC Sports, as well as creating campaigns for our partners and advertisers.”

The full release is after the jump, as is a video of Miller explaining the move.

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The News of the Games

The AP’s David Bauder writes about what might be in store for the networks of NBC Universal next week with the Michael Phelps show near an end. Bauder also writes about the off-the-field news and how NBC has reported it:

During the first week, NBC has done little to upset its hosts. Two of the biggest stories — the stabbing of two Americans by a suicidal man and revelation that a cute girl singing during the opening ceremony was a lip-syncher — were covered during the daytime. But the stabbings were only briefly mentioned during prime-time and the lip-synching wasn’t mentioned at all. Attendance problems at venues also hasn’t drawn notice.

Except for a Tom Brokaw retrospective on opening night and Bob Costas’ thorough interview with President Bush, the focus has been almost entirely on sport. Mary Carillo has kept her travelogues light. Mark Mullen‘s hard look at China’s effort to groom Olympic stars was shown on the “Nightly News.”