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Keith Olbermann Returning to ESPN

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Keith Olbermann will host a late-night sports show on ESPN2 beginning in August, ESPN.com reports. Olbermann previously worked for ESPN in the 1990s before moving to cable news.

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Paula Deen Fires Legal Team Amid Controversy

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Less than a week after Paula Deen parted ways with her agent of 10 years, the celebrity chef has fired her legal team from the firm Oliver Maner, People reports.

The attorneys had... read more

The Biz: Who Will Hire Keith Olbermann Now?

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Keith Olbermann must be used to seeing blown-up bridges in his rearview mirror. His departure from cable network Current after just nine months is the latest in a series of ugly breakups with employers. So what are his job options now?

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Current TV Files Countersuit Against Keith Olbermann

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On the same day that Keith Olbermann filed a lawsuit against Current TV, the cable network fired back with a countersuit of their own.

Olbermann filed suit Thursday citing breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement after he was fired one year into his five-year, $50 million contract with Current. Current TV then filed a countersuit, claiming that the Countdown host rarely showed up to work, missing 19 out of 41 days in January and February in what the network calls... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

Katie Couric and Josh Elliott

One lesson learned in this wearying week of morning-show warfare: Some people should never give up their dream day job. Which is why it was so gratifying for the week to end with the announcement that Today's Matt Lauer was staying put for years to come. I'd like to think he saw the future — or maybe Today's future — staring at him on Wednesday, when he sat across from... read more

Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV for Breach of Contract, Sabotage

Keith Olbermann

Less than a week after being fired from Current TV, Keith Olbermann filed a lawsuit against the cable network Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Olbermann is suing for breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement after he claims he was... read more

Keith Olbermann on Current TV Axing: I Screwed Up Really Big

Keith Olbermann

Just a few days Current TV fired lead anchor Keith Olbermann, he appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and admitted, "I screwed up."
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Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann; Will He Sue?

Keith Olbermann

Former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann has been fired as lead anchor of Current TV, the New York Times reports.

Just a year after he was hired, the network let him go reportedly because he failed to honor the terms of his five-year contract. The Times also reports that his termination comes a few months after... read more

Who Earns What: TV's Biggest Salaries

Ashton Kutcher

A lot of people think TV is better than movies these days. For many actors, it certainly pays better. Unless you're able to play a superhero, it's tough to get super-rich from big-screen work, so more actors are moving to series TV. The expanded talent pool has given networks and studios extra leverage in negotiating salaries. "There are so few gigantic stars in features and the rest are not making any money," says one industry executive familiar with this year's deal-making. "That's helpful."

The general rule across the TV business is to keep lead performers on new network prime-time series to $125,000 an episode. (Cable networks are going as high as $150,000.) That's not Charlie Sheen money, but it's not bad. "Times that by 22, [and] you can maintain a pretty good lifestyle based on what you were making in features but now you're not," the executive says.

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Keith Olbermann Reveals First Guests on Current TV's Countdown

Keith Olbermann

Michael Moore will be among the first guests on Keith Olbermann's new show for Current TV.

"ShowPlug1: Honored to tell you that scheduled among my guests on tomorrow's premiere of Countdown on @Current is @MMFlint - Michael Moore," Olbermann tweeted on Sunday.

Moore will be joined by Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos and a columnist at Newsweek.

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