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What Is Current TV? Five Shows to Watch on the Cable Channel

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2011 7:00PM
Keith OlbermannWhen you heard the news that Keith Olbermann is joining Current TV, was your reaction "yes, finally, he will be able to speak his mind freely without having to go by the rules of a giant corporation!" or was it more along the lines of "uh ... what TV?"

If you've never heard of the channel -- it's so hard to keep track of all those stations way up in the high numbers on our cable boxes, isn't it? -- you're not alone. Maybe you've never watched it, or maybe you came across it channel surfing at 1AM but didn't even know what you'd stumbled across.

The addition of Olbermann, who will not only host his own nightly show at 8PM but also be in charge of the news division of Current TV, means that the network will be changing things up a bit. Sure, there are documentaries and news programs and shows about the environment, but there's also wacky viral video shows and quirky scripted shows too. It's not like they have shows like 'Al Gore's Global Warming Variety Hour' 24 hous a day, though it's obvious where Current's politics stand and why Olbermann is a good fit.

They've announced a new slate, which will include shows like 'Headlines That Shocked America,' '50 Greatest Documentaries,' 'Smoke Jumpers,' and 'Man vs. Earth.' As their site says about the reinvention, it's going to be "part MSNBC, part Discovery Channel, with more professional content."

So what is Current TV like right now? Here's a quick guide to five other shows, to get you acquainted with the channel.

1. 'This American Life'. The public radio staple is now on Current TV after a stint on Showtime. It's a magazine-type show with features about everyday people around the country with interesting stories. Each show has a theme that ties the stories together.

Here's a clip from the episode 'Starting A Movie Career In Retirement.'

2. 'Vanguard.' This is a documentary series that features in-depth investigative journalism from a team of reporters who travel around the world and produce segments on everything from crime and war to environmental concerns. A lot of people first heard about this show when correspondents Lisa Ling and Euna Lee were held in North Korea while filming for the network.

Here's the trailer for the episode 'Soccer's Lost Boys.'

3. 'InfoMania.' Now this is a change from the two shows mentioned above. 'InfoMania' is a comedy that shows -- and makes fun of -- the latest video clips from the web and TV news. If you like 'Tosh.0' or 'The Soup' or similar shows, you might like 'InfoMania,' though the show also highlights longer-form comedic films and sketches along with the quick hits about the media and movie reviews.

Here's 'The Facebook Liker.'

4. 'Bar Karma.' This show sounds rather intriguing. It's a community-developed TV show -- what does that mean? It means viewers can go to the website and actually change the direction of the show by using their StoryMaker Engine to give them ideas.

The show itself is about a billionaire who buys a bar "at the end of the universe ... a venue that's behind time and before space, a watering hole where the tab you run may never be paid -- in this lifetime, at least.' Now, doesn't that want to make you check it out? It starts this Friday at 11PM.

5. 'Kill It, Cook It, Eat It.' This is a reality show where supermodels live in a house and try to win $500,000. Just kidding! It's actually a documentary series where diners find out exactly where their food comes from. If you know what I mean.

Here's a clip from 'Flamethrowers and Pig Brains.' Proceed at your own risk.

Do you watch Current TV? If so, what are your favorite programs?

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I wonder what comcast cable channel "current" is on in Colorado Springs? Looking forward to Kith Olbermann.

April 26 2011 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked supernews but they cancelled it. Google supernews master debators to see some of it.

March 06 2011 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"InfoMania" is my favorite because you can look back at the week in media and laugh at the fact that what you just watched this week clearly was meant to be laughed at. I also love watching "Cooking in the Danger Zone" because it's basically "Bizzare Foods" to the extreme.

February 11 2011 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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