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Dr. Phil, Ellen bumped to new times during Olympics

By Alan Pergament

Who knew skier Lindsey Vonn was a comedian?

She certainly made me laugh Tuesday morning when she was introduced on "Today" as a new NBC Olympic hire and asked her feelings about being unable to compete at the Sochi Olympics because of her latest knee surgery.

"You guys are running commercials about Sochi every two minutes and it is killing me," said Vonn.

She is not alone there. It does seem like there is a Sochi ad every few minutes.

NBC's coverage begins a week from Thursday, the day before the opening ceremonies.

The coverage is causing Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, to change some of its schedule.

On many nights, the late news will begin at 11:30 p.m. after NBC's prime time coverage ends.

The bad news is that many people don't want to wait that long to watch the news and may head over to Channel 4 and Channel 7 at 11 p.m. 

The good news is that Channel 2 should get a very healthy news lead-in from its network's Olympics coverage when its news airs at 11:30 p.m.

On the first full week of Olympic coverage starting Monday Feb.10, Channel 2 is changing its daytime schedule to accommodate NBC's Olympic schedule.

"Dr. Phil" will move to 11:30 a.m. weekdays in place of "The Doctors." "Ellen," which is the most popular daytime talk show here, will move to 2 p.m. in place of "Steve Harvey." The two shows that are dropped from Channel 2's lineup will air on Channel 2's digital channel, 2.2, in their regular time periods.

 The syndicated entertainment program that Channel 2 carries at 7:30 p.m., "Insider," will be replaced by "Olympic Zone" during the Sochi games.


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