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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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Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill in Talks for Aaron Sorkin's HBO Pilot, Keith Olbermann Announces New Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:30AM
Marisa Tomei, Alison Pill, Olivia MunnMarisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Alison Pill are in talks to star in Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot, currently titled 'More As the Story Develops,' which follows a cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels.

According to Deadline, Tomei is close to signing on as MacKenzie, the executive producer of the news program.

Pill is in talks to play Maggie, an associate producer on the assignment desk, and Munn could play a financial analyst on the cable network.

In other TV news ...

Elisabeth Harnois will be a series regular on 'CSI' next season. The 'Miami Medical' actress booked a guest role in the May 5 episode, but producers continued to expand her role. Harnois plays the estranged daughter of Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann). [Deadline]

Keith Olbermann will make his Current TV debut on Monday, June 20, at 8PM. The show will still be called 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann.' [Keith Olbermann]

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords will get the 'Law & Order' treatment. 'Law & Order: LA' is filming an episode where a state senator is gunned down in public. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Cable News Pundits Debate the Impact of Overheated Rhetoric in the Wake of Arizona Shooting (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 11th 2011 6:15PM
The tragic shooting in Arizona this weekend has, in recent days, spurred a debate about the impact that overheated political rhetoric is having on our society. That debate has raged for the past 48 hours on cable news, with pundits on each side of the aisle expressing a wide variety of thoughts, viewpoints and emotions on the issue. We've rounded up reactions from Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart here.

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Michael Moore: Sex Crime Charges Against Julian Assange 'Stink to the High Heavens' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 15th 2010 12:05PM
Filmmaker Michael Moore has offered $20,000 to help Julian Assange make bail. The WikiLeaks president is currently in a London jail, and faces charges of "sex by surprise" in Sweden.

Moore discussed his support of Assange on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8 PM ET on MSNBC), telling Olbermann he has no problem posting bail for a man who has been accused of a sex crime, because he believes the charges are suspicious.

"This whole thing stinks to the high heavens, I got to tell you. I mean I wasn't born yesterday. . . We've seen this before. Now, to this guilt or innocent . . . what they say he did . . . his condom broke during consensual sex."

Moore, like others have, is suggesting Assange's legal problems are retribution for revealing state secrets on WikiLeaks. A pretty good counter to this conspiracy theory is that the charges against Assange are so bizarre and flimsy (as we currently understand them) that no self-respecting government would even considering using them to frame an enemy.

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Keith Olbermann Rips President Obama for Tax Cut Deal (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 8th 2010 5:55PM
In an intense, nearly 12-minute Special Comment, Keith Olbermann (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC) took President Obama to the woodshed for his tax cut compromise with the GOP. Olbermann suggested that the president didn't get enough in exchange for extending tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans and accused Obama of breaking a core campaign pledge.

"Mr. President, for these meager crumbs you have given out costly, insultingly divisive, destructive tax cuts for the rich, and you have given in to the Republican blackmail, which will be followed by more Republican blackmail."

Later in his rant, Olbermann recounted how a senior member of the Obama administration reached out to him about the tax cut deal, assuring him that the only reason the liberal base is up in arms about the compromise is that they haven't "read the details" of it.

"There, in a nutshell, is this administration," Olbermann seethed. "They didn't make a bad deal, we just don't understand it."

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Keith Olbermann Thinks He Knows Why Michele Bachmann Wants to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With Him (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 1st 2010 5:00PM
In an online interview with The Right Network, GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she wouldn't mind spending time alone on a deserted Island with Keith Olbermann -- if her other two options were his fellow MSNBC talkers Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow.

On 'Countdown' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Olbermann commented on the conservative firebrand signaling him out for deserted island companionship by first spitting out his water, and then offering up this exclamation as to why Bachmann chose him over his colleagues:

"I think I know what this is all about. Ms. Bachmann said her favorite song was 'Taking Care of Business' by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, her favorite composer was Johann Sebastian Bach, her favorite snack was celery -- Mich-celery -- and her island choice? That's Olbermann with two n's, as in Bachmann with two n's."

If Bachmann and Olbermann do find themselves stuck on deserted island together, we can only hope they refrain from procreation, as the offspring of these two strident camera-muggers would bring a new brand, unsettling brand of insufferableness to the world.

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Keith Olbermann Brings Back 'Worst Person in the World' Segment' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 18th 2010 10:00PM
Keith Olbermann's suspension of his Worst Person in the World segment lasted about two weeks. That's considerably longer than the two day "indefinite" suspension MSNBC slapped Olbermann with after they learned he made unreported political contributions.

As Olbermann explained on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 10PM ET on MSNBC), Worst Person is "new and improved." For one, it has "nicer" music, and, for another, he's calling it the (Not Really) World's Worst -- although the premise is still the same.

"The not really bronze goes to Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia," Olbermann said, to kick off the festivities. Then he read a statement that Rockefeller recently made:

"There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse," Rockefeller had said.

Next Olbermann pointed out, in his snarky way, that the Democratic senator had previously said he was a fan of 'Countdown,' and that the FCC doesn't actually have jurisdiction over cable television.

However, we suspect what was really bugging Olbermann was that Rockefeller equated MSNBC to Fox News. Now that (Not Really) World's Worst is back, drawing that equivalency is a probably a sure fire way to get yourself featured on it.

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Keith Olbermann: Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow Were Not Neutral (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 16th 2010 6:09PM
Keith Olbermann was not happy that Ted Koppel singled him out In the title of an op ed piece that suggested cable news talkers are damaging our political discourse.

On 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC), Olbermann attacked Koppel's premise that television anchors like Walter Cronkite, and Olbermann's personal hero, Edward R. Murrow, were ever "neutral" observers.

"These were not glorified stenographers. These were not neutral men," Olbermann said of the broadcasting icons. "These were men who did in their day what the best journalists still try to do in this one, evaluate, analyze, unscramble, assess. Put together a coherent picture or a challenging question using only the facts as they can be best discerned, plus their own honesty and conscience."

Neither Cronkite nor Murrow are still alive to settle this disagreement on their neutrality. And if they were around , they'd probably be inclined to stay away from wading too deeply into the pundit wars that are increasingly making news about the folks who used to just bring us the news.

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Howard Kurtz: Keith Olbermann Made A 'Serious Mistake' In Donating Money (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 11th 2010 4:46PM
Veteran media critic Howard Kurtz thinks Keith Olbermann made a "serious mistake" by donating money to three democratic candidates.

Appearing on "Countdown" (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Kurtz told Olbermann why he feels that way:

"There has to be some sort of line separating journalist -- and I know you consider yourself a journalist -- from partisan players. I would put giving money to politicians on the wrong side of that line."

Later, Kurtz spoke about the special privilege of being a journalist, and how it comes with certain sacrifices:

"I think we as journalists, and even as commentators, give up (the right to donate money) in order to get the kind of platform that you enjoy."

We're of the opinion that Olbermann is so outward with his liberal point-of-view that donating money to a politician would only constitute an ethical breach if he was giving to republican candidates.

Nevertheless, Kurtz's more old school way of looking at things is something to consider, particularly as the line between journalist and commentator gets more and more hazy.

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Keith Olbermann Talks About the Media Firestorm Surrounding His Suspension, Then Apologizes (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 10th 2010 7:57PM
On his first day back from his "indefinite" two-show suspension for donating to three democratic political candidates without first disclosing the contribution to his bosses, Keith Olbermann wanted 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC) viewers to know what a big deal his suspension was.

"You know [that it's a big deal] when there's a petition supporting you that winds up being signed by 300,000 people and you get 21,000 tweets in a 72-hour period," he bragged. "They want you to be the lead story on 'Good Morning America' and Larry King and Letterman' and you break the traffic records on the Huffington Post and you're on the front page of the New York Times without being dead or in jail or Charlie Sheen."

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Keith Olbermann Unveils New Sign-Off: 'Mr. Boehner, Where Are the Jobs?' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:26PM
Keith Olbermann has long used his sign-off from 'Countdown' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) to remind viewers of how many days it's been since a significant event took place. For quite some time, he would list the days since George W. Bush declared mission accomplished in Iraq and, more recently, he had been marking off the days since the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Wednesday, Olbermann updated the sign-off to reflect the midterm election.

"That's November 3rd, one day since the Republicans took control of the House -- 'Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs? I'm Keith Olbermann, goodnight and good luck."

Olbermann had been without an event to use in his sign-off for a while now, and was also in need of a new way to tweak conservatives now that he's put the "Worst Person in the World" segment to sleep. Still, this "ha, look who's responsible for the economy now" joke would have probably been more effective if he had waited to unveil it until January 3, 2011, when Boehner and company actually do take control of the Congress.

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Keith Olbermann Suspends "Worst Person in The World" Segment In Response to Jon Stewart's Call for Sanity (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 2nd 2010 4:24PM
In his long-running "Worst Person in the World" segment, Keith Olbermann declares a worse, worser and worst person of the day. However, he announced Monday on 'Countdown' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) that in response to Jon Stewart's call-out of the media during the Rally to Restore Sanity, he is suspending the segment for the foreseeable future.

"The anger in this news hour was not an original part of it," Olbermann explained. "It was a response to a threat to this democracy posed by Mr. Bush and now by his lineal descendants. But there is an institutionalization of it that may no longer be valid, and that is the worst persons in the world segments ... its satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger, so in the spirit of the thing .. . I'm unilaterally suspended it with an eye toward discontinuing it."

Olbermann seemed stung by what he believes to be a false equivalency that Jon Stewart drew at the rally between 'Countdown' and Fox News during Stewart's speech at the event.

It remains to be seen if Olbermann's move will actually end up leading to more sanity. However, as long as the word "worser" is off the air, this appears to be a victory for the English language.

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Keith Olbermann Blasts Rick Sanchez's (Non)-Apology (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 7th 2010 3:55PM
It undoubtedly pleased Keith Olbermann that Rick Sanchez's career imploded just days after Sanchez called Olbermann a stooge for the Obama administration.

Olberman was one of the first television commentators to mock Sanchez -- who had been substitute host for Olbermann before he joined CNN -- after Sanchez's unfortunate comments about Jon Stewart and Jews in the news media. Then, on Tuesday, Olbermann used the worst person in the world segment of 'Countdown' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) to rip Sanchez's public apology for his remarks as a non-apology.

"Saying that . . . most of the people running the networks were Jews was not "in-artful" (as Sanchez had said in his apology), it was anti-Semitic," Olbermann argued.

"(Sanchez's) statement closes with, 'I look forward to my next step with great anticipation,' Olbermann continued, before offering Sanchez advice on what his next step should actually be: "Your next step is an apology."

Nevertheless, Olbermann only made Sanchez the second worst person in the world, reserving the top spot for Dick Armey. So Rick's got that going for him, which is nice.

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Stephen Hawking's Co-Author Explains Their Take on God in 'The Grand Design' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 10th 2010 1:43AM
"The Grand Design," a new book from physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Moldinow, has gotten a lot of buzz for its argument that God is not required in the formation of the universe.

Moldinow was on "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" (weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) and he laid out the book's thesis:

"The book is about two main questions: where did the universes come from and why are the laws of nature what they are?" Moldinow explained. "And we give scientific answers to these questions, and from those answers we conclude that God is not necessary for either of those."

"That's all we say, we don't pretend to prove that there is no God ... we don't even say God didn't create the universe. We just say that God is not necessary as an answer to those questions."

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Keith Olbermann Makes a Mess of Ted Nugent 'World's Worst' Segment (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 23rd 2010 11:09AM
On Friday's 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Keith declared rocker Ted Nugent the "worst person in the world" for making some inflammatory racial comments at a concert in Dubuque, Iowa.

Olbermann also speculated on why it took the national media two weeks to pick up on what Nugent had said -- which he chalked up to the Nug's irrelevance -- before suggesting he only finds Nugent's words relevant because the guitar hero will be speaking at a rally Glenn Beck is putting on August 28 in Washington, DC.

Nugent's allegedly racist statement? "There's a lot of white people in this crowd! I like that! This a white town."

While Olbermann was quoting the local paper, a photojournalist who was at the show has come forward to question the accuracy of the quote, and to suggest Nugent -- who does have a history of controversial statements -- was making a sarcastic observation rather than stating a preference for a white crowd.

So that's sort of murky, but Nugent is speaking at the Glenn Beck rally, right?

Actually, no. While there were initially discussions for him to appear, instead he will by putting on a show in Boise, Idaho on August 28th.

So, if you are in Boise, and happened to be watching Olbermann on Friday, the Motor City Madman will still be playing your town on the 28th. And it may even be OK for non-white folks to attend.

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