No time or space in the regular paper for my TV-Radio notes this week, so we'll put a few online for your dancing and dining entertainment:
NBC's Wednesday night prime-time Olympic show (and I use the term "prime time" loosely) didn't end until about 1:40 in the morning. Once Bob Costas had finally said good night or good morning or whatever it was on KNBC (Channel 4), up popped ... the "Channel 4 News"!
And let me tell you: longtime anchorwoman Colleen Williams may do OK and look pretty good at her usual God-given 11 p.m. hour, but apparently she fades pretty quickly after that. Williams' eyes were at half-staff as the clock neared 2 a.m.
CBS gets SEC to re-up: CBS and the Southeastern Conference have signed what CBS itself called a "blockbuster" 15-year contract extension to broadcast SEC football and basketball games starting with the 2009-10 season.
In addition to TV, the deal includes certain digital, Internet, wireless, video on demand, data and enhanced highlight rights across all CBS platforms, including the CBS College Sports Network and CBSSports.com. Also, simulcasts of CBS Sports games will be available for distribution by the CBS College Sports Network.
It's a good deal for CBS, which has benefited greatly over the years by SEC programming and this also gives the fledgling CBS College Sports Network some badly needed inventory. It's also good for CBS because the SEC was exploring establishing a national cable network like the Big Ten has.
Going batty over maple: ESPN's Outside The Lines on Sunday (6:30 a.m. ESPN, 9 a.m. ESPNews) will have a segment on maple baseball bats and their tendency to break into jagged pieces. A number of injuries have been caused by the bats.
There will also be a report on how Kenya's elite runners have dealt with the violence that has broken out in that country.
Close to the campaigns: ESPN's E:60 (4 p.m. Tuesday) will have a feature on Reggie Love, the personal assistant to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Love is a former Duke University football and basketball player.
On an upcoming edition of E:60, a segment on John McCain's wife Cindy is planned, looking at her love of auto racing.