Johnny Weir

NBC's editing of Olympics opening ceremony makes a long walk only longer

NBC's editing of Olympics opening ceremony makes a long walk only longer

From the network of “This Is Us” now comes “This Is U.S.,” and NBC would do well to be careful how it tests viewers’ patience in stretching out certain storylines over the next two weeks.

The network’s bespoke prime-time presentation of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony Friday night was tailored for American viewers in a way that simultaneously was predictable yet baffling.

That NBC’s over-the-air broadcast hosted by Mike Tirico and Katie Couric would differ from the unadorned international feed of the extravaganza streamed live on NBCOlympics.com more than half a day earlier was to be expected.

For general American consumption, the network was bound to use its...

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