Keith Olbermann 'Countdown' Returns On Current TV: Recap Of The Premiere (VIDEO)

06/20/2011 07:40 pm ET | Updated Aug 20, 2011

After six months off the air, Keith Olbermann returned to television Monday night with a new edition of "Countdown" on Current TV.

The hotly anticipated premiere featured appearances from some of Olbermann's contributors, including Michael Moore, John Dean and Markos Moulitsas, as well as a so-called "mini Special Comment" about Olbermann's vision for the show.

Read a recap of how the show went below, and watch the first Special Comment.

The show's opening, and the first Special Comment:

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And...We're Done!

'Thank you for helping us preserve freedom of news. Good night, and good luck."

What did you think?

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Olbermann's New Rival: Rachel Maddow

If he consistently takes his show into the 9 PM hour, Olbermann will be effectively going up against the beginning of Rachel Maddow's show. An intriguing development...

06/20/2011 9:00 PM EDT

"Let's Go A Little Longer"

"I was under the impression that you were in charge of your own guests," Moulitsas says. "Turns out Joe Scarborough has veto power." Some MSNBC-bashing just sneaks in as the hour ends! (Scarborough also gets called a "loser host.")

But not the show! Olbermann announces that, most every night, the show will go past the hour. As it has.

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Markos Moulitsas

The banned-from-MSNBC Daily Kos chief talks the GOP.

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Now playing video of that Obama impersonator. The racist jokes? Not very funny. The impression? He gets the mannerisms okay, but doesn't do the voice very well.

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Apparently there's now an "Inside The GOP Cult" segment. It leads with John McCain.

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Worst Persons!

Complete with organ music!

Bronze: Sarah Palin. Silver: Fox News' Bill Sammon and Chris Wallace. Gold: Some woman flipping out on a cell phone video!

And yes. He throws the paper.

Now playing on O'Reilly: Louis Armstrong singing "When The Saints Go Marching In."

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So Far

This show is almost exactly, beat for beat, guest for guest, like Olbermann's MSNBC show.

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Sample ad: even when we put two sumo wrestlers on the couch, it didn't move!

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Up next: Worst Persons! It's been so long...