NBC announced the lineup and schedule for the Olympic Games’ Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Savannah Guthrie slated to host the event on the network. The ceremony is set for Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
Jim Bell, the former executive producer of “Today,” is now executive producer of NBC Olympics. Said Bell: “The Olympic Opening Ceremony is always a singular can’t-miss event, and this year, because it’s in Rio, you know it’s going to be a party like no other.”
The network is making sure the Olympics’ presence is felt early, with a special event launching this week on the “Today” show.
“Tomorrow, Lauer and Guthrie will take part in ‘Today’s’ special ‘100 Days to the Rio Olympics’-themed beach party on the plaza, featuring an exclusive interview with 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, and a live report from Bob Costas, host of NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage, who will be in Rio de Janeiro,” the network said in an announcement “The celebration will also feature a parade of 40+ Olympians, including gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas, world champion gymnast Simone Biles, Olympic gold medalist and track and field star Allyson Felix, and Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte.”