Countdown with Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann Reveals First Guests on Current TV's Countdown

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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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Matt's Picks: Week of June 20-23

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This is one of the more jam-packed weeks of a seriously overstuffed TV summer, so let's break it down by night.


COMEBACK: The mercurial and always opinionated Keith Olbermann, most recently ousted from his MSNBC perch, brings his act back to cable with the same title (Countdown) but a new network (Current TV). His eclectic roster of contributors will include documentarian Ken Burns, comedian Richard Lewis and filmmaker Michael Moore. Let the ranting begin.

GUILTY PLEASURE: [As seen in TV Guide Magazine] RuPaul's Drag U, Logo at 9/8c. Think... read more

Countdown's Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

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Top-rated MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced on the air Friday that he is leaving Countdown with Keith Olbermann immediately.

Olbermann thanked his fans during his sudden and brief farewell: "My gratitude to you in boundless," he said. "This may the only television program where in the host was much more in awe of the audience than vice versa. You will always be in my heart for that."

Following his announcement, MSNBC sent out the following statement: read more

Keith Olbermann Responds to Pat Sajak: He Needs to Apologize for That Talk Show

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Pat Sajak apologized Wednesday for being the first to put Keith Olbermann on the air. However, the MSNBC anchor thinks Sajak needs to atone for something else.

"I think if he needs to apologize for anything, it needs to be that talk show," the Countdown host told The Hollywood Reporter. "When he was canceled, he was replaced by a crime-and-skin series called Silk Stalkings, for God's sake. Obviously, we guests must... read more

Keith Olbermann Returns to Work After Suspension; Says Donation Rule "Needs to Be Adapted"

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MSNBC's Keith Olbermann wanted to make one thing clear when he returned to the air after a brief suspension for making political donations: It was not a publicity stunt.

"Of course, if I had known that all of this would happen, I would have done this years ago!" he joked on Tuesday's Countdown.

Keith Olbermann to return from suspension Tuesday

The host was suspended Friday after Politico first reported his donations. Olbermann acknowledged ...
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Keith Olbermann to Return From Suspension Tuesday

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MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann will return to the network Tuesday, five nights after he was suspended for donating to three Democratic campaigns

"After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for... read more

MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann Indefinitely for Campaign Contributions

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MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended by network president Phil Griffin following a report that the Countdown host made multiple campaign contributions before Tuesday's election.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night," Griffin said in a statement Friday. "Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have ... read more

Keith Olbermann Inks New Deal, Lets Loose on California Gay Marriage Ban

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MSNBC announced Monday that the network had signed anchor and Countdown host Keith Olbermann to a new four-year contract.

The pact will keep Olbermann at Countdown and NBC's Sunday Night Foobtall until at least 2010, paying him roughly $7.5 million a year. Olbermann's brand of commentary, most often directed at President Bush and his administration, led to the highest ratings in the show's five-year history last month. But with that administration heading out the door, where will Olbermann direct his anger?

In a Monday appearance on The View, Olbermann joked: "We're switching to all Mariah Carey as of tonight." But that wasn't the case at all.

Instead, Olbermann delivered an emotional railing against the passing of California's Proposition 8, proving his "Special Comment" segments don't need to attack Bush to pack a punch.

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NBC Prime Time Is Game for Olbermann's Countdown

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MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann news/talk program will get a prime-time showcase on mothership NBC this Sunday at 7 pm/ET, when it presents a live broadcast leading into coverage of the Eagles-Steelers NFL preseason game. An ESPN alum, Olbermann will also serve as a contributor this season to the Peacock's Sunday Night Football in America telecasts. read more

Keith Olbermann Critiques Democrats for Fox News Rebuff

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Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC’s Countdown, will moderate a forum of the Democratic presidential candidates scheduled for Aug. 7 in Chicago. The 90-minute event is being sponsored by the AFL-CIO and will air live on MSNBC. Olbermann, a critic of the Bush administration whose ratings have spiked as the president’s popularity ratings have dropped, is by far the most partisan TV news anchor selected to moderate such an event in the current campaign season. His selection comes after the Democrats have very publicly rebuffed offers by Fox News Channel to sponsor a debate because they believe the channel has a pro-Republican bias. Olbermann, never known to come to the defense of Fox News, believes that was a mistake. “I don’t know if I would advise anyone to pass up free television time,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Whether it’s Fox News or Al Jazeera.” — Reporting by Stephen Battaglio read more

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