They deserve each other: Olbermann moving to Al Gore’s Current TV

by editor on February 8, 2011

Just when you thought it was impossible for Keith Olbermann to attract an audience smaller than the one he had at MSNBC, he proves you wrong. He’s moving to Al Gore’s unwatched and unwatchable Current TV.

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Together again: Keith Olbermann joins Al Gore's unwatched and unwatchable Current TV

The New York Times has the details:

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.

One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement. …

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.” …

A move to Current TV would challenge Mr. Olbermann’s fans of his MSNBC show — where he drew about a million viewers a night — to follow him to a channel that is considerably less accessible. Current TV is available in only about 60 million homes, and is usually available only on the digital tier of cable television systems, which requires a separate receiver. MSNBC, which is owned by NBC Universal, is available in 85 million homes and is almost always available as a basic cable entry.

We are, of course, television programming experts here at IHateTheMedia.com. So with all due respect we humbly suggest that Gore and Olbermann team up to do a Hannity & Colmes style show.

Unfortunately, the name Dumb & Dumber has already been taken. How about Pompous & Pompouser?

Source: New York Times

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26 Comments on "They deserve each other: Olbermann moving to Al Gore’s Current TV"

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Byrd
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wow…i’m just amazed…i honestly had no idea Al Gore even had a TV show.
..oh wait…turns out Al Gores show isn’t even on the air, he just thinks it is to make himself feel important.

Sententia
Member

If algore gets olberman, he will have increased his viewership 100%.

Rogertheshrubber
Guest

Realizing he will be taking a cut in pay, Keith Olbermann decides he will need to supplement his income in order to maintain the lifestyle he is used to:

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=1148174

(scroll down to the first photo of our hero)

RTS

LA Sunset
Member

He just made all 35 viewers of that network very happy.

Elrond Hubbard
Member

The Unwatchable will be working for the Unspeakable as Dobermann joins Gore in a cordless bungee jump into TV oblivion.

jim9101
Member

Wiseass and dumbass.

matthew s harrison
Guest

Look for one of the topics at the top of discussion there to be gay marriage, so that keith and al can finally make it official!

WordEmUp
Guest

I don’t understand why he doesn’t just dress up, grab a street corner in San Francisco, and just start shouting. A more captive audience, more viewers, and less overhead.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

I believe it was Billy Preston who said, “Nuthin’ from nuthin’ leaves nuthin’.”

Hey Keith baby, when you get that check for your “stake,” don’t spend it all in one place. Make sure they can give you change for a nickel.

JJJRO
Guest

Didn’t know they still made BrylCreem… or is that DippityDoo?

Harvey Milked
Guest

Al-hole meets A-Hole!

Paden
Member

So there really is a Liberal News Network, The LNN.

tadcf
Guest

The only reason that FOX holds a bigger audience than the other networks is because it free for basic cable viewers.

Browns44
Guest

Another fan of Ed Schultz speaks again.

KK
Guest

I would like to know where this guy gets basic cable. I live in the sticks, so Dish and DirectTV are my only choices. Neither of those companies will provide Fox News in the basic package. Of course, CNN is in all the basic packages. I could certainly live without CNN.

We cancelled our Dish several years ago. We are now strictly on antenna. A Dish guy came by to do a survey and asked if I would change anything about the service. I told him Fox News should be in the basic package. He said I was not the first person to tell him that.

deepthinker
Member

Awesome two numb skulls working together. It will just speed up both of their down falls and disappearance from the public

mojo
Guest

Frick and Frack, the Dipshit Twins

rs
Member

We can only hope it’ll be a KO for AG.

Conservative Kentuckian
Guest
Conservative Kentuckian

Until I read this I had never even heard of Current TV. Well now that I know about it I have a reason not to watch it. Thanks for the heads up IHTM.

WordEmUp
Guest

Before this, the show the network was known for was “Conspiracy Theory” with Jesse Ventura. (which has since been canceled) If a former Navy Seal who used to “hunt man”, wear a feather boa, and run a blue state can’t keep a show on that network, Uberjerk doesn’t stand a chance.

ocmadam
Member

They are going to meet with advertisers on Wednesday in Manhattan? I’m surprised they are using the plural, shouldn’t it be advertiser? Are they lunching at an automat?

hisham
Guest

They deserve each other, Olbermann the unwatchable working on Current TV the unwatched.

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KimmyQueen
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Hilarious he will get even less than an audience but the idiots that do get to see him will probably make a small blip that they will count as success. I cannot wait to see those ratings.