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Rachel Maddow Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension at MSNBC

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 2nd 2011 2:00PM
Now that the debt ceiling debate is settled, MSNBC has turned its attention to more important matters. The network has signed Rachel Maddow to a multi-year contract extension that runs through the 2012 election, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. MSNBC chief Phil Griffin confirmed the news at MSNBC's TCA Panel.

Since it premiered in late 2008, 'The Rachel Maddow Show' has occupied MSNBC's 9PM hour, and has gradually gained prominence, and ratings. It now consistently averages over 1 million viewers per night and ranks 2nd in the 9 PM cable news standings, behind Fox's Sean Hannity but ahead of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' on CNN.

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Keith Olbermann's Current 'Countdown' Debuts to Encouraging Ratings

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 22nd 2011 4:30PM
Keith Olbermann's new edition of 'Countdown' on Current TV is off to a solid start, according to some initial ratings numbers released today by the network. Olbermann's new 'Countdown' debut drew 179,000 viewers among the much-coveted adult 25-59 demographic, compared to 89,000 by CNN, 237,000 by MSNBC, and 735,000 by Fox News.

Though Current didn't release the full numbers, its an encouraging debut, considering that Current is only available in 60 million homes. While traditional new show debuts can often represent a ratings' peak, the case of Olbermann importing his ready-made audience to an upstart network may buck that trend. If that's the case and he's able to steadily grow these initial numbers, Olbermann and his Current boss Al Gore could be in a position to significantly shake up the nightly cable news landscape.

Olbermann is certainly doing his best to promote his new program, appearing last night on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' to read a Top List titled "10 Reasons to Watch the New Countdown With Keith Olbermann.' Check out the video after the jump.

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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.

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Keith Olbermann's Move to Current TV Offers New Beginnings

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 8th 2011 4:30PM
Keith Olbermann and Al Gore
In what Shakespeare might've described as a marriage of true minds, Keith Olbermann announced Tuesday morning that he's taking his talents to Al Gore's Current TV later this year.

But the question now is what this means for Current TV, which averages a mere 23,000 viewers a night, and what it means for the former MSNBC host.

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Keith Olbermann Heads to Current TV

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 8th 2011 11:08AM
Keith Olbermann, Current TVKeith Olbermann has found a new cable home: Current TV.

The cable network announced that the incendiary former top-rated MSNBC host will helm a new nightly prime-time news and commentary show that will debut sometime later this year.

Olbermann was also named chief news officer of Current TV and will receive an equity stake in the company. Current TV, founded in part by former Vice President Al Gore, began in 2005 and now has international branches in the U.K., Italy and South Africa.

"Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference," Olbermann said in a press release.

"In Current Media, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have created the model truth-seeking entity. The opportunity to partner with Al, Joel and Mark Rosenthal makes this the most exciting venture in my career."

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CW Boss Dawn Ostroff to Step Down, 'Young Justice' Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 22nd 2010 2:40PM
Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president of The CW, will step down at the end of the season.

Ostroff, the former head of UPN, has been with The CW since its inception and is the longest-running sitting broadcast president.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Ostroff will remain active with the network as her contract winds down in June. She'll oversee the midseason launch and order pilots for the fall 2011 season.

In other TV news ...

Damian Lewis has joined the cast of Showtime's 'Homeland.' The 'Life' veteran will play the male lead, Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad. Claire Danes also stars as Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent who suspects Brody may be plotting an attack on America. [Deadline Hollywood]

Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' will premiere on Jan. 7. The show about DC Comics sidekicks launched with a movie event in November. Look for new episodes to air Fridays at 7PM. [Kryptonsite]

Disney was denied its appeal of a $319 million 'Millionaire' verdict. A federal judge ruled that Disney/ABC and Buena Vista cheated producer Celador International out of millions of dollars by cutting sweetheart deals to bring 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' to America. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Shows You Should Be Watching: 'InfoMania'

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:00AM
InfoManiaIf you're not familiar with the cable channel Current TV (the one started by Al Gore), you're probably not familiar with the show 'InfoMania'. I would describe it this way: it's 'The Daily Show' meets 'The Soup,' with a dash of 'Best Week Ever.' I know, I know, you're saying to yourself, why do I need to watch yet another show that takes news and entertainment clips and gives them a snarky spin?

Well, that's a great question, person who says things to themselves. You need to watch this because it's a one-stop for all of the things you don't have the time or energy to keep track of and watch.

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Will Wright is Bringing 'The Sims' to TV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 31st 2010 9:00AM
EA GamesIf you ever wanted to produce your own TV show but never had the money, the crew willing to work for free, the ability to design realistic looking sets, or the drive to get up before dawn and shoot during the day's best light, there's hope.

Will Wright, the creator of the iconic line of "Sim" games including the popular "Sims," has created a program called the "Storymaker Engine" that lets ordinary schlubs like you and me create TV shows using Sims.

Wright and company are hoping that the stories created from this engine can be turned into an entertaining half-hour to hour of television for Current TV. "Machinima" shows like 'Red vs. Blue' and the 'South Park' 'Make Love, Not Warcraft' episode have helped bring some video game driven entertainment to audiences, but would you watch an entire show that was produced on a video game?

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Current TV wants you to Twitter and Digg on election night

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 3rd 2008 1:57PM

Tired of the election night talking heads? Current TV may be the medicine you need.My friends, if you thought the coverage that's been going on since the day after the 2006 Congressional election has been overwhelming, you ain't seen nothing yet. Come sunrise on November 4th the television airwaves will be inundated with election coverage, comment, pontification, and general BS. Red states will become blue, blue states will become red, graphs will be drawn on easel boards with black marker and someone will predict the winner of the entire Presidential election at 7:00:01 p.m.

So, if you are wholly disinterested in the old way that the elections are covered you may want to tune into Current TV, or its website if you don't have the channel on your digital box, for an alternative to get the results you need. In this case, it's you, the couch potato that you are, who will be providing the coverage. It's called "Current Diggs the Election" and the way it works will be unique.

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Did Al Gore hire Madeleine Smithberg?

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 8:02PM
Madeleine smithbergThis seems to still be under the category of "rumor" for the time being, but a couple news outlets are reporting that Madeleine Smithberg, who co-created The Daily Show along with Lizz Winstead, has been hired as an executive producer for Al Gore's not very successful Current TV. If this turns out to be true, it will be interesting to find out just why Smithberg was chosen for this position. I admit I know very little about her outside of The Daily Show, and if IMDb is to be trusted, she hasn't done much else except work on The Daily Show. Maybe Al Gore wants to turn Current TV into a comedy channel. You know, a channel people laugh with instead of at. Okay, probably not.

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MPR sues Current TV

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 23rd 2006 3:16PM

al goreMost people know that public radio is a huge thing here in Minnesota. We are the home of Lake Wobegon, after all. Recently, Minnesota Public Radio filed a lawsuit against Al Gore's Current TV, claiming that internet users would confuse Gore's independent network with "The Current" a popular MPR-owned music station here in the Twin Cities. The lawsuit claims the radio station had already applied for a trademark of the name "Current" four months before Gore's new venture was changed from "INdTV" to "Current TV." Representatives from Current TV issued a statement noting that over 300 businesses use the word "current" in their name.

It's easy to dismiss this as just a frivolous lawsuit. After all, who's going to confuse a radio station with an independent TV network? What bothers me even more, though, is that public radio should be championing a TV network that eschews corporate news for citizen journalism. I would have expected MPR to support Current TV, not try to bring it down.

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