Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Olbermann’s Return

I caught Keith Olbermann’s return to TV last night on Current TV. It’s basically the same show he had before he was unceremoniously dumped by MSNBC last winter, the only difference being a new set, new graphics, and revised theme music but still based on the opening measures of the second movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which was used by the Huntley-Brinkley Report back in the 1960’s.

Other than that, not much has changed. He had Michael Moore, John Dean, and Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, who were regulars back on the previous show, and the format was the same. Even Mr. Olbermann acknowledged that he was picking up where he left off, getting the show going with an arch, “As I was saying….”

I watched most of it, but I kept flipping back and forth between it and a re-run of Law & Order on TNT, and when he began to run overtime — apparently Current doesn’t have as tight a schedule as MSNBC — I switched over to Rachel Maddow.