West News Wire: Mike Tirico, the NBC prime-time Olympic host, will be in Beijing for a shorter period of time than originally scheduled.

Monday night will be Tirico’s final show in Beijing. He’ll fly from China to NBC Sports’ offices in Stamford, Connecticut, on Wednesday and Thursday to host shows, then fly to Los Angeles on Friday to lead Olympic and Super Bowl coverage through Sunday.

After that, Tirico will return to Stamford for the last week of Olympic coverage. The Games will end on February 20.

While Tirico is flying back, Maria Taylor, who signed with NBC on the eve of last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, will co-host Tuesday night’s show with NBC News’ Craig Melvin. Throughout the Games, Taylor will remain in Connecticut, while Melvin will be in Beijing.

Tirico was originally scheduled to stay in Beijing through Thursday before going to Los Angeles. NBC officials, though, have reiterated that his schedule was subject to change based on COVID-19 and other factors.

This is the first year that the Olympics and Super Bowl are taking place at the same time. Four years ago, Tirico missed the Super Bowl as he was preparing for his first Olympics as prime-time host in Pyeongchang.

NBC has its announcers and hosts working out of its Connecticut headquarters. It has a limited group of reporters on the ground in China. Melvin will host “prime plus coverage” (which is late night in New York but prime time in Los Angeles) over the weekend.

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