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Olbermann Going To Gore’s Current TV

From his teen crushes at the New York Times:

Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV

February 7, 2011

Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.

Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.

The last we heard Current TV was on its last legs. Signing Olbermann might be the final nail in its already nail-filled coffin.

And does this make sense anyway, ecologically speaking? Surely Mr. Olbermann is one of the worst emitters of noxious gases on the planet.

One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV.

Just wait until he finds out that he will be paid in carbon credits.

On Monday a public relations agency hired by Mr. Olbermann scheduled a Tuesday morning conference call for an announcement about his next job. “He and his new partners will make an exciting announcement regarding the next chapter in his remarkable career,” the agency wrote in an e-mail.

The most remarkable thing about Mr. Olbermann’s career is that he has had one.

Current TV has set up a presentation with advertisers for Wednesday afternoon in Manhattan to announce its future plans. The channel may be betting on Mr. Olbermann to put it on the cable map. The low-rated five-year-old channel needs the help. Targeting young people, it originally subsisted on YouTube-style submissions and video journalists. More recently it started producing and acquiring traditional television series, like repeats of “This American Life.” …

We think they call them ‘recycles’ rather than "repeats."

It is also possible that Mr. Olbermann will separately pursue other ventures, like an Internet destination

Given his temperament, we suspect that maybe the head-chopping ‘Bridges TV Network‘ would be a much better fit.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Olbermann Going To Gore’s Current TV”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    GI’s in combat get court-martialed for trying to get out via self-inflicted wounds. On the left, it’s the way to go out with some sort of dignity. What, exactly that “dignity” is, remains to be defined. I’ll let Art Boy fill in that particular void.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    If he does it proves he is as stupid as he appeared to be on MSNBC and two will insure that absolutely no one with functioning brain cells will watch him ever again. Have you watched Current? Think of the worst film strip you watched in school (yes I did date myself with that one) and/or the worst military training film – and Current is right up there – I tried to watch but just kept falling asleep. Now in addition to being boring as hell, it will be taking down the IQ points too.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    So much juicy gossip about the Liberal’s Media lately, it’s all just so exciting (gag!!)

    Omg, like did Olby check to see that being a personal masseuse to Al Toad isn’t totally part of the job description?

    Is it written anywhere that they have to spend four hours a day hunting Manbearpig?

    Is the name of his new show going to be “Excelsior!” or “I’m Thuper Cereal!”

    So many burning questions about this pressing national news.

    The planet’s got a fever, and the only solution is more Keith Slobberman!

  4. merkelerk says:

    Kieth who? Current what?

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    You mean Captain Al Gore of the Titanic has taken on
    another sole for his maiden voyage.
    Classy dude!

  6. Illusions says:

    This is where it gets better.

    Analyst are predicting this could boost ratings for the network 10 fold.


    Now what is the current average prime-time viewer-ship for that network?


    Do the math time, that means with this network carried on broadcast suppliers like Direct TV and others totaling 60 million U.S. homes.

    23,000 out of 60. Million is about 1 out of about 2600 US Homes actually watch this network.

  7. bobdog says:

    Olbermann’s career dissipation light is burning so bright it hurts my eyes.

    The gods don’t just kill you. First, they make you ridiculous…

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I have the entire “Pinky & The Brain” cartoon on DVD. When I hear the theme song now, I can only think of Al Gore as “The Brain” and Keith O-so-stupidman as “Pinky” *NARF!* If you ever watched that hilarious cartoon, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “What are we going to do tonight, Brain?”

      “The same thing we do every night, pinky. Try to take over the world!

      Best-humored adult satire found in a cartoon since Looney Tunes. Totally appropriate comparison, Rusty, great call.

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