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Keith Olbermann Makes Predictions on 'DWTS' and Presidential Election (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 4:30AM
Keith Olbermann, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Keith Olbermann was on a prediction streak, though he certainly made an unlikely one for 'Dancing With the Stars' on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:30AM ET on CBS). Now, he didn't come out and say that he thinks she'll win, but he did predict that Nancy Grace will do well.

As for the upcoming presidential election, while Olbermann sees the Republicans ultimately rallying behind Texas governor Rick Perry for their candidate, he sees Barack Obama repeating.

"Unless there's a sudden draft Keith movement," Olbermann said. Certainly more unlikely candidates have found themselves joining the election discussion as candidates. But if he ran with Geoff, as he suggested, which would you rather as our president and which for veep?

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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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Cenk Uygur Out at MSNBC, Blasts Network for Telling Him to Tone It Down (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 21st 2011 11:20AM
Cenk Uyguy out at MSNBC.Cenk Uygur's brief run as the 6 PM anchor on MSNBC has come to a close. The former 'Young Turks' web host left the network Wednesday after starting there in January. The parting of ways was, according to his own blistering account, mutual, and came after MSNBC executives told him to tone down his show because he was making "people in Washington" uncomfortable.

Uygur's video report about what went down in his final weeks at MSNBC is fairly dramatic. Despite improving on Ed Schultz's numbers when he occupied the 6 PM timeslot and besting CNN in June, Uygur paints a picture of network executives, including MSNBC President Phil Griffin, that were more concerned with reining in his brash, challenging, outsider style than ratings. The network offered him a high-paying job as a contributor when they moved him off the 6PM slot, Uygur said, but he turned it down.

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CNN Cancels Eliot Spitzer's 'In the Arena,' Shifts Anderson Cooper's Timeslot

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 6th 2011 3:20PM
CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer's 'In the Arena.'CNN has canceled Eliot Spitzer's nightly news show 'In the Arena,' a move that the network announced today in conjunction with additional re-shuffling of their nightly lineup. Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned in disgrace after being caught in a prostitution scandal, used the show as a vehicle for a mainstream comeback, but it never took hold with viewers and consistently struggled for ratings. CNN had tried to re-tool the program, originally launched as 'Parker Spitzer' in the summer of 2010, but the numbers never picked up, and the network decided to cut their losses and move on.

Spitzer reflected on his brief run at CNN in a statement: "We engaged serious people in conversations about national and global issues in a way that was informative and challenging. I believe that we provided diverse and valuable perspectives during the show's tenure."

The accompanying moves will shift 'Anderson Cooper 360' into Spitzer's 8PM slot. 'AC360' will also replay again at 10PM, its current time. 'The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,' which had previously aired from 5-7PM, will move to 4-6, with 'John King USA' moving to 6, followed by Erin Burnett's as-yet-unnamed new show at 7PM. 'Piers Morgan Tonight' will remain in the 9PM slot.

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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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Jake Gyllenhaal & Bear Grylls Trek Through Iceland on 'Man Vs. Wild,' Denis Leary Plans Paramedic Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 20th 2011 12:00PM
Jake Gyllenhaal, Bear Grylls, Man Vs. WildJake Gyllenhaal is getting in touch with his wild side.

On July 11, the Oscar nominee will appear alongside Bear Grylls on the Discovery Channel series 'Man Vs. Wild' with Bear Grylls.

Gyllenhaal and Grylls will trek through the Icelandic landscape -- through mountains, glaciers and volcanoes -- with the actor forced to shadow the host as they endure rough weather conditions. Their adventure will kick off six all-new episodes of the series.

In other TV news ...

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Keith Olbermann Says Anthony Weiner Isn't the Only Politician With a Scandal (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 17th 2011 6:45AM
Keith OlbermannJon Stewart may have been unable to report on Anthony Weiner's resignation last night due to having the night off (bad timing!), but plenty of other commentators were willing to step up and give their opinions.

Among them was Keith Olbermann, who made some shocking assertions on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

Talking about Weiner's spectacular fall from grace, Olbermann dished out the criticism pretty evenly. Democrats, he said, abandoned Weiner because they "don't support their own." Republicans, on the other hand, "love to be on the right side of a scandal like this because it doesn't happen that often."

So why the intense media coverage of the scandal? It's gathered international interest, with footage of Weiner's chaotic resignation press conference airing all over the world last night. Olbermann think it's because Weinergate is easy for reporters to understand: It's given them "something that they can actually understand: A penis."

After Jimmy Fallon referred to Weiner's last name as "comedy gold", Olbermann then disclosed that Speaker of the House John Boehner answers to a rather salacious nickname of his own.

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Stephen Colbert Asks Keith Olbermann If It Hurts To Know Bill O'Reilly Won (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 16th 2011 1:30PM
Keith Olbermann talks about Bill O'Reilly and Current TV on 'The Colbert Report'The last episode of 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann,' aired on January 21, 2011. Olbermann's departure from MSNBC ended, perhaps temporarily, his long-running battle with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. With Olbermann returning to TV on June 20 on Curent TV, he stopped by 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30pm ET on Comedy Central), where Stephen Colbert asked if losing that battle hurt.

"Has it been painful in these last 145 days to live with the knowledge that Bill O'Reilly won?" asked Colbert. "He jacked you so hard you landed in Current TV." Olbermann laughed it off and said that O'Reilly was responsible "for my promotion and my raise."

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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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Who Will Replace Katie Couric on the 'CBS Evening News'?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 4th 2011 1:30PM
Katie CouricIn what could be the least-surprising news we've heard this year, the A.P. found out from their sources over the weekend that Katie Couric is going to be leaving the 'CBS Evening News' this year to start her own daytime talk show in 2012.

It wasn't just the consistent third-place finish that prompted Couric to leave; it seemed like she wasn't 100 percent comfortable in the role of network evening news anchor. She likes talking to people, and in the daytime arena she'll be able to excel in the way she did when she was on the 'Today' show for 15 years.

So, it now comes down to who is going to replace Couric at the anchor desk. It doesn't seem like CBS will make the same move it made five years ago when it courted Couric; who knows if they even have $15 million per year to throw around anymore. But there seem to be plenty of internal and external candidates for CBS to consider for the job. After the jump, a quick list possibilities and a chance to take a poll so you can tell us who you'd like to see win the job.

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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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Lawrence O'Donnell's MSNBC Debut Ratings 50 Percent Higher Than Keith Olbermann's

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 26th 2011 8:02AM
Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence O'Donnell's show on MSNBC debuted in its new time slot Monday night to signficantly higher ratings than his predecessor, Keith Olbermann, managed.

According to The Wrap, audience numbers for 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' were boosted by Olbermann fans and curious viewers tuning in to see what all the fuss was about.

O'Donnell's sudden move from 10PM ET to Olbermann's former time of 8PM ET came after Olbermann announced his abrupt exit from MSNBC on Friday's 'Countdown.'

O'Donnell had about 50 percent more viewers than Olberman's show averaged in the same slot. However, according to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, the ratings target for O'Donnell is the same as it was for Olbermann: Bill O'Reilly.

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