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Ovation: Things To Watch On Television Instead Of NBC’s Coverage Of The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

02/07/2014

untitledThe 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia begin today with the pageantry of the games’ opening ceremonies.  These Olympics are, possibly, surrounded by more controversy than any other games in the past.  Rumors of terrorist attacks have prompted the Transportation Security Administration to ban all carry-on liquids on flights from the United States to Russia, unfinished hotel rooms and violence resulting from the host-country’s anti-gay propaganda laws have dominated the news more so than the participating athletes.

Many in the U.S. have considered a boycott of NBC’s televised coverage of the Sochi games.  Tonight, while the world is expected to be focused on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, boycotters can consider several alternative options for television entertainment that are not surrounded by controversy.

National Lampoon’s Vacation The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (1983) – TV Guide Network

Bones.  The Lady on the List – An investigation of the murder of a high-school principal who had cancer leads to his bucket list after the discovery of a video of him punching UFC champ Chuck Liddell in the face.  Meanwhile, Brennan and Booth start to plan their wedding and Sweets learns he may be replaced by a machine. Repeat. – FOX

Treehouse Masters: Out On A Limb.  Spirit House Retreat: In an enhanced episode, a writer in New York wants a place where she can work and be inspired, so Pete transforms a cedar tree into a unique hideway. – ANIMAL

The Waltons. The Premonition: Cindy believes her nightmares are a premonition of Ben’s danger. John-Boy considers staying in Paris after meeting a lovely French woman.  HALMRK

Pawn Stars. Help Wanted: A triple-barreled firearm and a collection of antique children’s piggy banks. – HIST

SpongeBob Squarepants. Patrick-Man! Gary’s New Toy: Patrick transforms into a superhero who’s determined to help Bikini Bottom.  Gary likes his new red ball too much, so SpongeBob intervenes. – NICK

Cops. Coast to Coast: Police deal with a quarrelsome tow-truck operator in Pierce Country, Washington.  Officers in Amarillo, Texas arrest a probation violator for drug possession.  Las Vegas police provide backup for an unusual traffic violation. – SPIKE

Gilligan’s Island. The Invasion.  The discovery of an attaché case that may contain top-secret info leads Gilligan to dream he’s a daredevil secret agent and other castaways are enemy spies out to retrieve the case at any cost. – TVLAND

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the many other options on television while the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies air on NBC.  I remember a time when there were only a handful of television stations offering programs from which to choose and the opportunity to watch the Olympic games was one that few American families would dare to miss.  Today, there appear to be quite a bit of mixed feelings.

Will you be watching the opening ceremonies?

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8 Comments
  1. Nope. In addition to all the BS surrounding the Olympics, it is really not my thing.

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  2. I usually do, but this year I’m opting out.

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  3. I won’t be watching, but in all fairness there’s no moral higher ground I’m taking. The only thing in any Olympics that entertains me enough that I’d actually try catching it on TV is gymnastics. Sooooooo yeah. But I will be watching bones lol

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    • I don’t watch outdoor winter sports because you can’t see the athletes. They’re all so bundled up you can’t tell who you’re watching!

      I’ve never missed an episode of Bones!

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  4. thedogs'mother permalink

    Daughter will be watching. The Engineer will be destroying civilizations on his computer. I will be reading and glance up to watch the American and Canadian athletes come in. The rest of it – meh.
    Too boring.
    Unless someone accidentally sets fire to Putin….

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  5. I won’t watch the ceremonies, but I most likely will still watch certain events such as ice hockey & curling. I feel torn because I definitely want to support the athletes, and I enjoy many of the sports involved. But I wont just blindly turn it on every night as I usually would.

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    • I have mixed emotions about some of the athletes. Frankly, I’ve found some of the things a few of them have recently said to be quite pompous, arrogant and ignorant.

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