NBC to Air Primetime Special, ‘The Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony: TV Event of the Year’ Saturday, Dec. 27
“Barrage of splash, spectacle, sound, light and the kind of thrill you only get from a cast of thousands… rewrote the record books.” —
NBC drew a record audience for the critically lauded Ceremony. In the nearly 50 years of televised Olympic Games, NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony in
Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, whom Time Magazine recently ranked No. 5 in their Person of the Year issue, directed the Ceremony at the “Bird’s Nest,” which featured a cast of 15,000. The show celebrated Chinese culture and its long, rich history, through spectacular use of fireworks, lights, colors, music, synchronized performances and climaxing with a dramatic lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. The special will not include the Parade of Nations.
USA Today called the Opening Ceremony an “astounding mix of cutting-edge technology and ancient traditions, its barrage of splash, spectacle, sound, light and the kind of thrill you only get from a cast of thousands…rewrote the record books.”
“The Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony: TV Event of the Year,” also takes a look back at the greatest moments of the
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