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Ready for the Return of Keith?

by: DocJess

Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 13:37:56 PM EDT

My favourite news boy is back in a matter of hours....okay, like 80 hours, but still.....and here are some updates from Current TV:

“Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” the highly-anticipated weeknight commentary show slated to launch on independently owned Current TV on June 20th at 8PM ET(replayed at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET) announced today that veteran television anchor David Shuster will serve as the primary guest host for occasions when Keith Olbermann is unable to be in-studio, as well as an additional number of regular contributors, which include notable policy-makers, thought leaders, journalists, comedians, activists and other progressive voices.  Lending their views and voices to “Countdown” on a regular basis will be Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi; John Dean, Former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon; Heather McGhee, Director of the Washington office of Demos, a non-partisan policy center; Jonathan Turley, law professor at The George Washington University School of Law; comedian and activist Maysoon Zayid; Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones energy and environmental reporter and investigative journalist and author Jeremy Scahill. Actor Donald Sutherland and Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute will also regularly appear on the program. Mr. Pitts, like previously announced Countdown contributor Ken Burns, will be contributing non-political elements to the show.

"Once again I have the pleasure of welcoming home so many old friends to this medium's new primary network for progressive news, and am delighted they'll be helping me defend Freedom Of Television," said Olbermann, Current TV’s Chief News Officer.

These contributors join other “Countdown” contributors who were previously announced (press release available here).

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” marks the return to the airwaves for Olbermann, one of journalism’s most provocative and outspoken voices, on independently-owned Current, which was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt and is now distributed in more than 75 million households around the world.  The series leads a programming slate on Current that is dedicated to providing insightful analysis of important issues --- and digging deep into real stories to uncover how they affect real people. The network’s original, long-form programming includes “Vanguard,” an award-winning documentary series whose 2011 slate will debut after “Countdown” at 9 p.m. ET on June 20; and “4th and Forever,” the documentary series premiering about the extraordinary players, coaches and families behind the Long Beach Poly football program (which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET).

If you want to find a Current TV channel in your area, you can click here, and enter your zip code. I don't know about you, but I CAN'T WAIT!!!!

DocJess :: Ready for the Return of Keith?

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My thoughts on the first episode.  I don't normally watch programs like Countdown;  I only watch the news when a major event is going down[which by my standards is at most once or twice a year].  Perhaps now I remember why.  Way too many commercials.  And he'd come back from commercials just to tease future parts of the show only to immediately return to commercial.  Teases in general piss me off.  Either your show is worth watching or its not.  Teases strike me as explicitly saying 'this segment was crap, but we're saving the good stuff for later'.  And when the payoff for the tease ends up being a 30 second segment that really pisses me off.  It felt like 15 minutes of content stretched out to 63 minutes[he went over because of too many commercials].  And about 10 of those 15 minutes I had already read online.

I watched too... (0.00 / 0)
Even though Keith has been a broadcaster for 30+ years, it's still a new job. I started a new job in January, and it takes a while to get with the rhythm of a new place, EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW THE WORK.

And I don't know about the commercials -- they went about 20 minutes before the first one. Running over at 9 pm -- I don't know that's a function of commercials - normally you know upfront how long those are, you DON'T know if an interviewee will talk a little too long, or some piece will go a little over.

He lacked the venom he's had in the past, but it's a FIRST SHOW -- I'm willing to stick around. (Yeah, I'm a fan...)

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