Ryan Seacrest will host NBC’s late night coverage of the Rio Games, and he’ll be joined by Brazilian supermodels and actresses Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, it was announced Tuesday.
The models will present features and offer commentary on their native Brazil for the late night broadcast, which will take place at NBC Olympics’ Copacabana Beach studio. They will also contribute to the coverage of the Olympics across NBC’s other networks and platforms.
“Adriana and Alessandra are the perfect ambassadors to guide viewers through the celebrations taking place outside of the competition, showcasing the off the field experience for Olympic fans,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.
Both Ambrosio and Lima, models for more than 15 years, are well-known for their work as Victoria’s Secret Angels and numerous other international brands. Ambrosio appeared in the Rio segment of the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics, and Lima is the only person to have starred in two highly watched Super Bowl commercials in the same year.
NBCUniversal will break the Olympic programming record with 6,755 total hours of coverage from Rio, including comprehensive live streaming of every Olympic sport on the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com for a third straight Games. It will be the most live Olympics ever.
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Bob Costas will host a one-hour Rio Olympic preview special on NBC a day before the Opening Ceremony. The Aug. 4 show will air live from Brazil at 8 p.m. ET and feature athletes such as Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Usain Bolt, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
Viewers will be brought up to speed on all topics related to the 2016 Games, as NBC Olympics correspondents and analysts will join Costas to add insight.
“At the outset of every Olympics, there is always excitement about the athletes taking center stage and questions about the host city’s readiness,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “This hour will allow us to address both topics, and more, as Rio prepares to welcome the world to the first Olympic Games ever held in South America.”
It kicks off an unparalleled month for the networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal, which will air a record 6,755 hours of programming to cover the Rio Games. Competition begins Aug. 3 with women’s soccer on NBCSN and USA Network, and the Closing Ceremony concludes the Games on Aug. 21.
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Beach volleyball athletes will be hard-pressed to ever play a venue that can top the iconic location at which they’ll compete in the Rio Games. And they’ll be joined on the famed Copacabana Beach by NBC’s daytime and late night studio.
For the first time in 24 years, NBC Olympics will have a major studio outside of the International Broadcast Center.
“Copacabana Beach is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. It is the ideal backdrop for our daytime and late night studio,” said Michael Sheehan, Coordinating Director, NBC Olympics. “With the beach volleyball venue just steps away, and thousands of athletes and fans visiting Copacabana and Ipanema every day, we will be able to perfectly capture the excitement and celebration taking place in Rio during the Olympics.”
The set design for the state-of-the-art beach studio was unveiled Tuesday. It will feature one indoor set and one outdoor set, a main anchor desk, an interview area, and a news update desk. Each area will be situated to capture panoramic views of the beach, as well as Sugarloaf Mountain and the Rio coast line. The studio was designed by award-winning set designer Bryan Higgason, of New York-based HD Studio.
NBC Olympics’ morning show for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was shot from the Athletes Village. Previously, the 1988 Seoul Games featured daytime and late night coverage from pagodas located outside the International Broadcast Center.
Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night Olympic coverage, while daytime hosts will be announced soon. Bob Costas will serve as NBC’s primetime Olympic host for a U.S. television record 11th time, and primetime coverage will originate from the NBC Olympics studio inside the IBC.