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Keith Olbermann Pays Democrats, Gets Suspended

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... I remember back when MSNBC's Keith Olbermann provided me with Los Angeles Dodgers updates. It was the summer of '87, a gallon of milk cost a dollar and a nickel, and Pedro Guerrero was hitting the ball a country mile... sorry, I got stuck in Old Man Story voice for a second. Olbermann has been suspended by MSNBC, where he was an anchor, for making political donations to Democratic candidates. Making contributions to any political purpose is a big no-no at MSNBC, and Olbermann has been suspended without pay. Meanwhile, Fox News takes 50 percent of all its employees' paychecks and deposits the cash into the NRA's bank account. [Deadline Hollywood]

... New FX show alert! The cable network with a knack for quality programming is developing a series that's sure to be a hot-button issue. The series, described as Traffic meets Chinatown (holy s***!) will follow an illegal Mexican immigrant who works as a private investigator. Not surprisingly, some people have a problem with this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's Private Practice saw its ratings jump an astounding 44 percent last night thanks to its heavy-duty storyline involving the sexual assault of one of its characters, Charlotte King. It drew in a 3.9 rating among adults and more than 10 million viewers. [The Live Feed]

... Mark Burnett is launching a new reality show on ABC called Expedition Impossible. It's described as The Amazing Race, but with teams of three instead of two. I've got an idea for a new show, too! It's called The Super Awesome Globe Trek, and it's like Expedition Impossible except it has teams of four instead of three! Am I a TV producer now? [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has ordered a series called Homecoming, a reality project hosted by Mr. Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus. The program will film soldiers as they return from duty and surprise their families. Because war is all about happy endings! [The Live Feed]

... Umm, slow news day. Nick Lachey is engaged to Vanessa Minnillo. I'll leave it to you to Google them and figure out who they are. [US Magazine]

... Comedy Central's The Daily Show beat The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman in the all-important 18-49 age group for the month of October. Jon Stewart, the new late night king. [LA Times]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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