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Olympics opening ceremony makes for fine prime-time TV event

Olympics opening ceremony makes for fine prime-time TV event

What plays well in a stadium doesn't always work so well on TV.

But if the in-person thumbs-up reviews out of London Friday were accurate, the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics were a winner on both fronts. By and large, the version shown for four and a half hours tape delay on NBC Friday night certainly made for a fine opening to the games.

I hate most opening ceremonies with their overproduced and often idiosyncratic attempts to re-create mythologies with synthesizers, fireworks and way too many dancers. But, for the most part, I really liked what I saw on NBC Friday.

I was only deeply and truly moved once. That came when a choir of children...

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