Viewers who watched in awe the captivating firework display on TV during the Olympic opening ceremony Friday might want to know that the spectacle is fake, it has been revealed.
While massive pyrotechnic display during the opening ceremony bash of the 2008 Beijing Olympics was actually been set up and set off, the broadcast version on TV and on the giant screens inside the Bird's Nest National Stadium was a computer graphic trick.
According to local Chinese paper the Beijing Times, the organizers thought it was impossible to capture all 29 footprints from the air on film so they inserted computer graphics they had created for months into the coverage.
The late shows with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien won't air Monday night, as coverage of the Summer Olympics will continue late into the night on NBC.
Craig Ferguson will have a new show Monday, however, featuring Robert Downey, Jr. and Amy Smart. Downey recently starred in "Iron Man."
A list of Monday night late show guests, according to Celebrity News Service, is as follows:
The big story of the Summer Olympics so far has got to be the lap of the lifetime which was swum Monday by American Jason Lezak during the men's 400 freestyle relay.
In case you haven't tuned in to any Olympics so far, French swimmer Alain Bernard started talking trash against the four American swimmers, saying "The Americans, we're going to smash them."
Thanks to 32-year-old swimmer Lezak, who swam the anchor lap for team U.S.A., the smashing was done by the Americans.
Tori Spelling won't be returning to the popular zip code after all. The actress has changed her mind about appearing in the "Beverly Hills, 90210" spin-off after salary dispute.
Her rep tells Us magazine, "At this time, there are no plans for Tori to appear in the '90210' spin-off."
As per DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com, Spelling, the daughter of the late Aaron Spelling who produced the original teen series, pulled out from the show after learning that she was offered a much smaller fee than fellow co-stars Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty.
Monday's viewing schedule of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games includes gymnastics, women's basketball, tennis, badminton, boxing, softball, volleyball and field hockey. Swimmer Michael Phelps will also make his third gold medal attempt Monday, which will be aired at 10:16 p.m. (Eastern) on NBC.
Monday's Olympic schedule, according to Celebrity News Service and with all times listed as Eastern Standard Time, includes:
Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis and Badminton on MSNBC starting at 5 a.m.
The Summer Olympics may be airing on several television channels Monday, but viewers do have other options such as catching a new episode of ABC's "High School Musical: Get in the Picture."
A list of Monday night's primetime shows, according to Celebrity News Service, includes:
ABC will air a new episode of "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" at 8 p.m. (all times listed are Eastern Standard Time) followed by "Wanna Bet" and "The Mole."
With two gold medals under his belt already, American swimmer Michael Phelps is the one to watch during the Summer Olympics. Phelps is on a quest to break Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in one Olympic game.
According to a survey by Celebrity News Service, most Americans will be tuning in to see if Phelps can capture all eight gold medals. So far Phelps has won gold in the 400 IM and the 400 Free Relay. "I watched him win his first two gold medals and I will try and watch him each time he competes," one person surveyed said.
Phelps's win in the 400 IM, his first of his eight Olympic events, proved to be a ratings winner with 28 million viewers watching. His swim, which broke a world record, was the second most-watched sporting event of the year behind Super Bowl XLII in which the Giants beat the Patriots.
Actor Ben Stiller will appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Friday night to talk about his new movie "Tropic Thunder." Former "Wonder Years" child star Danica McKellar will also talk with Jimmy about her book Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss.
A list of Friday night late show guests, according to Celebrity News Service, is as follows:
"Tonight Show With Jay Leno" - Scarlett Johansson, Luke Ford, Chris Cornell.
The Summer Olympics officially begin in Beijing Friday night, and NBC will cover the festivities beginning at 8/7c. For those who aren't interested in seeing the Olympics parade of nations and the lighting of the cauldron, ABC is offering the Tom Cruise movie "War of the Worlds" at the same time.
A listing of Friday night's primetime shows, according to Celebrity News Service, is as follows:
ABC will air "War of the Worlds" at 8/7c.
There is a new celebrity feud in town and it isn't a game show. A feud has broken out between CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Lindsay Lohan's family.
Cooper guest-hosted on "Live with Regis & Kelly" Monday, and when the subject turned to reality television Cooper admitted to watching several episodes of the E!'s "Living Lohan."
The show stars mom Dina and daughter 14-year-old daughter Ali. Famous big sister Lindsay is referred to, but does not appear on the show.
The inspiring eight-part documentary program "4Real" has become the latest original Canadian series to be picked on a U.S. network. The show will premiere September 21 as part of The CW's new Sunday night line up.
"4Real" is the fourth CTV series this year to be picked up for U.S. broadcast, joining "Flashpoint" (CBS), "The Listener" (NBC), and "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." (Sundance Channel).
The new show brings the total number of CTV original series airing in the United States to seven, along with "Degrassi: The Next Generation" (The N), "Corner Gas" (WGN) and "MTV Canada's The Hills After Show" (MTV U.S.).
He just doesn't think it, he knows it. Hip-hop dancer Joshua Allen has been crowned the new "So You Think You Can Dance" winner on Thursday.
Allen, 19, who has never been in the bottom 3 couples or bottom 4 contestants during the show's run, has remained on top of his game and thereby, crushing the other final 3 contestants. He wins $250,000 and a part in the forthcoming "Step Up 3-D."
Freestyle dancer from Alabama Stephen "Twitch" Boss finished second place, while the girls, Katee Shean and Courtney Galiano take third and fourth places respectively. Not bad for the boys, who were reportedly the ones hospitalized over the weekend's rehearsal for dehydration.
Rap icon Ludacris and rock superstar Tommy Lee are set to battle against each other and against the toxic forces destroying Mother Earth in the new TLC series "Battleground Earth."
Premiering Thursday on Planet Green, the show will feature the two artists as they embark on the road in a 9-city tour across the country while they, along with their respective teams, battle against each other to determine who can be more "green" with the earth.
Throughout the 10-episode arc of the series, they are expected to accept challenges and spread awareness on the state of the environment. The battle will finish in a "green" carpet benefit concert at Los Angeles' renowned Greek Theater. The winner will get to headline the concert while the loser will be the opening act.
"Project Runway" judge Michael Kors is set to give the young socialites of Upper East Side some fierce fashion lessons as he films for a guest spot on "Gossip Girl."
The fashion designer has filmed a scene at the New York Fashion Week for The CW's teen drama.
Kors tells WWD what he thinks of the show, "I love the clothes, everyone is good looking. The plot line is a riot. I love the show."
Thursday night's late night talk show guests include Kiefer Sutherland, Rumer Willis, and James Franco.
Here's a list of the late night talk show guests, according to TV Squad:
"The Daily Show" : David Gregory
Sorry Miami Dolphins fans, but your main man Dan Marino will not be the next twinkle toed dancer on "Dancing With The Stars."
The former quarterback's rep announced that although the show has asked Marino every single year since it began to be a contestant on the show - every year Marino has turned them down.
Marino may be known for having a fast arm, but maybe he isn't willing to find out if he has fast dancing feet, which is probably just as well.
Thursday night television viewers can enjoy a new episode of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC or two new episodes of "The Bill Engvall Show."
A complete list of Thursday night shows includes, according to TV Squad:
At 8, FOX has the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance".