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Given the need for the coaches’ parents to stay neutral, longtime TV critic David Bianculli said he wondered how much of a story it will be visually for CBS. If they really maintain impassive faces, how much will viewers want to see them on the screen?

“I would advise them to pay attention to the field, more than anything else,” said Bianculli, who teaches about television for Rowan University.

A stone face is a story, too, Michaels said. The only question is how much a producer should go back to the shot.

He said he can’t imagine CBS not knowing where the couple is. If they’re out in public, the network will likely keep a close eye on their reactions.

“As a producer or a director in this kind of a situation, it’s incumbent upon you to know where every element of the story is because you never know how it’s going to evolve,” Michaels said.

Finding the right approach ultimately shouldn’t be much of a problem for CBS, he said.

“It’s a little bit of a distraction at times,” he said. “But they’ll figure out the best way to deal with it. The pictures won’t lie.”

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.