News Briefs: Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann

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... Current TV has fired lead anchor Keith Olbermann, because everyone fires Keith Olbermann. The network, started by Al Gore, claims Olbermann strayed from their core values of being an "authentic progressive outlet" and its ideals of "respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers." Olbermann took to Twitter to say he's suing. Eliot Spitzer will take over Olbermann's old time slot. Old white guys fighting! The Liberal edition! [NY Times]


... Remember Louis CK's cool ass experiment to produce a comedy show completely on his own and sell it by himself on the Internet for $5? Well it worked and it was great. However, if you were too cheap to buy it because you are Cheapy von Cheaperson, you can see it soon because FX has announced it will air it at some point. But you should still pay the five bucks for it because this is the future of entertainment and studios and networks are just talentless middlemen. Fact. [Observer]


... The Food Network has ok'd a few new shows. There are too many to list here but I have to mention Mystery Diners, which follows undercover participants who go into restaurants when the owner isn't around to find out what really goes on. Spoiler, lots of sex and cocaine! See the full list of shows in the link, but they're all terribly similar to everything else in culinary television. [Eater]

... MTV has renewed The Challenge and The Real World because it's hella-cheap to film a bunch of young people being young people. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Animal Planet has renewed Pit Boss, Pit Bulls and Parolees, and My Cat From Hell. Have you seen that guy from My Cat From Hell? He carries cat toys in a guitar case and has the oddest shaped head. [Chicago Tribune]

... TLC is going with Craft Wars, a reality competition show that pits "crafters" against each other. And for some weird reason it will be hosted by Tori Spelling, who probably thought it was Kraft Wars and she'd get to eat free Mac & Cheese all day. [TLC via press release]

... MTV2 is launching a hip-hop version of Hollywood Squares. I'm being serious. [EW]


... Rachael Harris (The Hangover) will guest star in an episode of Suits. She'll play a rep from Harvard Law School that wants to stop Pearson Hardman from recruiting from the school. Look for her in Episode 3 of Season 2. [THR]

... The CW's pilot Shelter has found its male lead. The J.J. Abrams-produced drama, about employees of a New England resort, will welcome Zachary Abel (Make It Or Break It) as the studly concierge. [Deadline Hollywood]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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