TV Junkie: Olbermann on Current TV; ABC Programs On Chopping Block; Podcasts of Note
Be sure to check out our red carpet interviews from the 2011 WGAs with the likes of Denis O'Hare, Terence Winter, Liz Brixius, Judah Friedlander, and Kristen Schaal.
LAist posted a story about Keith Olbermann moving to Current TV (where he will be given an equity stake) with some questions about whether or not Olbermann would move to LA as part of this path his career is taking him. This is unlikely for several reasons: while Olbermann is unmarried, he probably has a lot of things set up for him just the way he likes it in NYC; Current TV does have a NYC bureau; and NYC is definitely a more "newsy" town for television than LA is (no offense). Olbermann's move to Current is probably the best thing that has ever happened to this network which appeared to be heading for the same fate that the Air America network was: dissolution. Al Gore seemed desperate to sell his equity in it along with other financiers. Even with Olbermann joining, the best outcome in the short-term is that this will become a lower-middle tier news service with a good possibility of expansion. Current TV suffers from the same problem that KCET is now experiencing since they left PBS: where do you get enough programming so that you can stay in the black? The addition of Olbermann will secure good advertising for the hour or two that he's on TV Monday through Friday, but will it provide enough revenue to support the kind of production they will need in order to fill up their schedule? Current TV is getting a new lease on life, it will be interesting to see if Olbermann can make it a contender.
You will be able to feel Morena Baccarin's Bliss just a little longer as "V" the series appears to be headed for termination unless a ratings miracle occurs.
Enjoy them while you've got them: ABC is most likely going to cancel "Detroit 1-8-7," "No Ordinary Family," and "V" in short order. The show's ratings have been languishing and they haven't garnered the kind of critical acclaim that would make the network consider keeping them on in the hopes of winning some awards. We thought all these shows had some good things going for them as compared to the more boring and procedural programs that seem to do better in the ratings but perhaps these shows didn't go far enough - certainly there is no "Lost" among these 3. Perhaps it's a hint to ABC that they should go farther but maybe that whole Disney partnership gets in the way.
Fans of FX's "Justified" should not only watch our video interview with series co-star Joelle Carter but they should also watch series star Timothy Olyphant on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" tonight.
Adventures in Podcasting: While you could watch the Civil War epic Glory tonight on TCM (@ 9pm) we suggest you listen to Greg Fitzsimmon's Black History Month "Blackcast" with cast and co-writers of Jamie Foxx's comedy project, as well as a sit down interview with Craig Robinson of NBC's "The Office." Tangentially speaking, you could also go listen to (longtime comic) Jimmy Pardo's extended "Never Not Funny" podcast with Conan O'Brien. Look out for a new episode of our very own Channel Zero podcast tomorrow. Tonight our friend Greg Proops (and creator of "The Smartest Man In The World" podcast - new episode up) and he will be a guest panelist on tonight's "Chelsea Lately" (E! at 11pm).