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Uprising to the Occasion

In Roundups on February 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

Richard Engel on last night’s edition of “NBC Nightly News.” (Screen cap)

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

• Richard Engel in Egypt. His coverage of the uprising has been sharp and authoritative, reflecting the many years he’s spent in the region. Note to the other networks: This is why you shouldn’t abandon international news.

• Keith Olbermann moves to Current TV. I’m glad Al Gore wants to beef up his tiny cable channel, but I’m not sure recruiting Olbermann to host a nightly news show is the way to do it.

• O’Reilly/Obama. Bill predicted his pre-Super Bowl chat with Barack would be history’s most-watched interview. It didn’t come close to matching Barbara Walters’ 1999 sob session with Monica Lewinsky – seen by 70 million viewers!

• Those underwhelming Super Bowl ads. Don’t mean to be harsh, but if you tuned in just to see the commercials, you deserved to be disappointed.

• Clive and Julianna return. TV’s best holiday tradition since the Great Pumpkin.

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