In brief: Here's the TV line-up for the Winter Olympics

If you scroll down, you'll find two stories previewing the Winter Olympics, Feb. 8-25. Those are in a preview package I sent to papers, along with this schedule:

By Mike Hughes

Here's a quick
summary of TV's Winter Olympic coverage; all times are ET:

-- The ceremonies:
The opening is 8-11 p.m. Friday, with Mike Tirico and Katie Couric
anchoring. (Most of the Olympics will be live, but this is
tape-delayed; on the West Coast, it will be shown twice, at 5 and 8
p.m. PT.) The closing ceremony will be Feb. 25; expect some

-- The extra-early
start: From 11 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday, the NBC Sports
Network will have a lot of curling, plus some Alpine skiing and ski

-- The early start:
On Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony, NBC has a full night
of figure skating and freestyle skiing, from 8-11:30 p.m. Also, the
NBC Sports Network has curling, from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

-- After that: The
NBC Sports Network has virtually non-stop Olympics. Others vary.

-- The first
weekend: On both days, NBC goes from 3-6 p.m. On Saturday, it's also
8-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m to 3:30 a.m.; on Sunday, it's 7-11 p.m. and
11:35 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Also, on both days USA has women's hockey at
7 a.m.

-- Weekdays: NBC
goes from 3-5 p.m., then from 8-11:30 p.m. and 12:05 to 4:30 a.m.
Also, CNBC has curling from 5-8 p.m. and USA has lots of hockey,
including 2:30 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. Feb. 13-14 and 7 a.m. Feb. 16.

-- Figure-skating
(teams). Much of the figure skating will be in prime time, from
8-11:30 p.m. The first weekend involves separate medals for teams:
Thursday has the short programs for men and pairs ... Saturday has
the finals for pairs and the short for women and ice dancing ...
Sunday has the finals for men, women and ice dancing, wrapping up the
team medals.

-- Figure-skating
(individuals). Once the team medals are set, the individual
competition begins. It will be pairs on Feb. 13-14, men on Feb.
15-16. ice dancers on Feb. 18-19, women on Feb. 20 and 22. On Feb.
24, the medalists can shed all the rules and perform in an