Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012: What to Expect from Friday's Spectacle

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Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012: What to Expect from Friday's Spectacle
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This Friday, the fun gets underway in London as Great Britain presents its opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Always one of the biggest global television events, this year's presentation is expected to attract over one billion viewers from around the world.

The production is being helmed by Artistic Director Danny Boyle. Best known as a film director, Boyle created the awesome visual spectacle Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars in 2009, including Best Picture. Director Stephen Daldry, of Billy Elliot fame, is serving as the Executive Director of Ceremonies, while several big names from the live music field have been enlisted for production design, music and direction of the show.

The content of the ceremony is always a closely guarded secret. As usual, those involved in the ceremony have been required to sign non-disclosure agreements, and The Telegraph reports that Facebook and Twitter groups have been set up urging everyone to "Save the Surprise."

Nevertheless, in these days of instant social media, plenty of details have leaked.

Without getting into too many spoilers, here's an idea of what to expect during Friday's three-hour spectacle.

The ceremony starts at 9 pm in London. It will air live in Canada on CTV starting at 4 pm EDT and 1 pm PDT. In the US, NBC's coverage will be tape-delayed, beginning at 7:30 pm EDT on both coasts.

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