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Al Gore Slips Up, Refers to Stephen Colbert's 'Character' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2011 5:00AM
Al Gore, 'The Colbert Report'Al Gore got so excited talking about his new '24 Hours of Reality' initiative with Current TV, that he must have forgotten where he was for a moment on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central).

He and Stephen Colbert were talking about the program, which culminates in an hour broadcast on Current TV on September 15 at 8PM ET, when Colbert asked about Keith Olbermann, who's now a broadcaster on the network.

"I'm worried about him," Colbert said. "He scares me. Is he still yelling a lot?"

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Morgan Spurlock Talks Idols, Comic-Con and '50 Documentaries to See Before You Die'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 9th 2011 9:00AM
Morgan SpurlockEver since his first documentary, 'Super Size Me,' swept the festival circuit and got nominated for an Academy Award, Morgan Spurlock has made a name for himself by telling it like it is.

That quality alone makes him the perfect host for Current TV's five-part series, '50 Documentaries to See Before You Die' (Tuesdays, 9PM ET), featuring commentary from some of the biggest names in the business. Part 2, airing tonight, counts down from #40-31, including 'March of the Penguins' and 'Jesus Camp,' but did Spurlock's favorite make the cut?

We caught up with the opinionated filmmaker to get his own take on Current's list (he's just hosting, and had no part in the actual selection or ranking) and what his personal favorite documentary is.

He also dished about his own filmmaking idols, his much talked about Comic-Con documentary and what's next on his to-do list. Keep reading for more and tell us: Which documentaries do you recommend people see before they die?

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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 and Dan Patrick Cast the ESPN Movie (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 29th 2011 2:57AM
Dan Patrick, 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann''Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live' was an oral history of the late night staple, and turned out to be very compelling reading.

More surprising was that James Miller and Tom Shales' follow-up book about ESPN was just as riveting, and even led to a movie deal. So Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick decided to cast it on 'Countdown' (Weeknights, 8PM ET on Current TV).

'Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN' went just as deep into the inner workings of the little cable network that could, and because it's players aren't big celebrities, it makes sense that this one was optioned for film over 'Live from New York.'

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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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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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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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Current TV posts fee schedule

by Chris Thilk, posted Jun 21st 2005 1:23PM
Al Gore's citizen video startup Current TV has released the structure of fees it will pay for submitted video segments. I'm not a professional freelancer (but I play one on this and other blogs) but this looks like a pretty generous pay scale. Essentially producers agree to allow Current three months within which to accept or reject submissions. If the spot is accepted, the producer gets paid. If it's rejected the rights revert to the producer who is free to shop it elsewhere. The one hitch for producers I see is that three months is an awfully long time and could mean a segment is so out-of-date by the time rights revert back that selling it elsewhere might be an impossibility. Still, the recognition one could gain with a successful entry could be substantial. 

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