Omnibus · Television

Countdown with Keith Olbermann currently on Current TV

How many of you noticed the debut of the new Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night? About as many people who view my blog I’m guessing. Probably because the Current network is available in a handful of homes. Placed between other obscure digital channels like Chiller TV and G4 (on my cable system anyway), it will have to generate buzz from its uploaded clips on other internet sites, such as hulu. Yet, it’s pretty much the same show he hosted on MSNBC for years. But, there were some small changes: there was no countdown in the segments from number 5 to number 1; his internet clip segment that was called “Oddball” is now called “Time Marches On.” Interestingly, his “Worst Person in the World” segment is kept intact. Reports indicate that many of his former guests will appear on his show, and we saw Michael Moore and John Dean in last night’s debut episode. To me, it doesn’t seem like it’s any different from his former MSNBC show on a political and ideological tone. He has historically left his previous jobs for more money, which surely can’t be the case here, since he was receiving such a nice salary in the first place. He does state that the show won’t hit its stride until the 2012 (US) presidential election, which gives him roughly fourteen months to get the kinks straightened out. Don’t expect me to give a grade of his show on this blog. Any score would surely be based on political biases and not technical merits. Yes, I admit that’s a cop-out, but if look at this post closely, you’ll see that this is not really about Keith anyway – this post is a dedicated shout out to a very good friend of mine; for none of this would have possible without him.

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