By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service
By Mike Hughes
"Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony," 6:30 p.m., NBC. Much of the competition starts Saturday. But first, we get the sort of size and spectacle that sets the Olympics apart. Bob Costas, who anchors, sees Torino (Turin, if you speak English) as an ideal backdrop. It offers an old-world, Italian look, with the Alps soaring in the background. Tonight, flags fly, crowds cheer and spirits soar. The next day, the cold action begins.
"Arrested Development," 7 p.m., Fox. For three seasons, Fox has patiently waited for this witty but complex show to find an audience. Now it's bailing out. The final four episodes of the season are thrown here. Then the show is expected to disappear or move to cable. Jason Bateman stars as Michael, a token symbol of normality in a dysfunctional family and its development company. In the 8:30 episode, he hires someone who may or may not be his sister — and is played by the actor's real sister, Justine Bateman ("Family Ties").
"Olympic Ice" 3 p.m., USA Network. Each night, this show will spend an hour dissecting Olympic figure skating. Mary Carillo co-hosts with Dick Button — one of four people working on the show who have won Olympic gold. The others are Scott Hamilton, and Jamie Sale and David Pelletier (who wed in December). There will be controversies to talk about, including the judging scandal that almost deprived Sale and Pelletier of their gold medals in 2002.
"Ghost Whisperer," 7 p.m., CBS. In this rerun, Melinda is at an old inn where she meets the ghosts of three children who found tragedy there long ago.