Were the summer Olympics feeling a little frosty the other day?
You decide, as we present this week’s Top Five:
1) Ann Curry back on “Today”: Ann Curry, the ousted “Today Show” personality who NBC honchos reportedly blamed for the morning show’s sagging ratings in the months before they replaced her with Savannah Guthrie, was back on “Today” this week as a news correspondent. So Ann had to suffer the indignity of being seen on “Today” with her former co-host, Matt Lauer, who some reports pegged earlier this summer as the one who pushed for Curry to be replaced.
As a result of those reports, TV industry observers and other wags have studied the way Ann interacts with Matt whenever they’re on TV together. Of course, until this week, they had not been together since she said her tearful good-bye to “Today” in late June. This week, they were together in London, where Ann presented a story about an Olympics photographer.
2) The weeping Olympian: Also from the “Today Show” comes this next clip — No. 2 on this week’s Top Five. It’s U.S. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones in the most talked-about TV interview of the week. It was the one in which Jones sounded off about a New York Times commentary that ripped her to shreds for speaking openly about her Christianity and her virginity. In the interview conducted by Savannah Guthrie on the morning after Jones finished out of medal contention in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Jones broke down and wept.
3) A true champion, Tim Gunn: If graciousness and good manners were an Olympic event, Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” would be our gold-medal winner. Is there a TV personality anywhere around these days who’s more pleasant than this guy?
A case in point was Gunn’s appearance this week as a guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” In late-night or any other time period, there is no snarkier place to be than “The Daily Show,” but Stewart seemed just in awe of Tim and the two had one of the nicest, politest chats you’ll ever see in late-night television, or television generally.
4) Craig Ferguson says farewell to his old studio: Yes, Craig’s still hosting the “Late Late Show” on CBS, but the show is leaving the studio he’s called home for more than seven years, and moving, basically, down the hall to a new and presumably bigger facility in CBS’s sprawling Television City complex in Hollywood. Craig talked about the move in his last monologue from the old facility on Wednesday.
5) Steve Carell on “Conan”: One of the few late-night shows doing new shows this week was “Conan,” despite NBC’s Olympics coverage dominating daytime, prime-time and late-night this week (and the previous week). We found it a good opportunity to check in on Conan O’Brien, whose show we don’t happen to watch that often when Jay, Dave and the two Jimmys are doing live shows. But with them taking some time off, we caught up with “Conan,” where we came across Steve Carell doing a hilarious guest shot this week.