Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown' Returns On Current TV

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

Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" is returning to television on Monday night.

The new edition of "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" debuts at 8 PM ET on Current TV, the Al Gore-run network where Olbermann settled after his acrimonious departure from MSNBC.

(Check back at 8 PM for live updates about the premiere. Click here to see where to find the show in your area.)

After leaving the network in January, Olbermann quickly signed with Current and set about remaking the tiny network.

Olbermann has been on a lengthy publicity tour for the new edition of "Countdown," and he has not been shy about his wishes for Current TV. He wants it to become a 24-hour news and information channel, complete with robust election coverage and shows that will complement his—rather like MSNBC, his old home. The difference, Olbermann has said, is that Current is not part of a larger conglomerate or corporation.

As he put it in a television ad, "The free flow of information has been thwarted, dissenting voices silenced, and for every story there's a flurry of heavily biased corporate-sponsored spin that can distract even the most engaged viewer."

Olbermann has also announced a heavy-hitting lineup of regular contributors to his show, including Michael Moore and Markos Moulitsas, who will be his first guests on Monday. Others include everyone from John Dean to Richard Lewis to writer Kate Sheppard to actor Donald Sutherland to Ken Burns.

The biggest question surrounding Olbermann's return to television (besides what the show will look like) is how many people he can attract to Current and what kind of new viewer base he can build up for himself. Needless to say, many will be tuning into the network on Monday night to see the grand experiment begin.

06/20/2011 9:03 PM EDT

And...We're Done!

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

What did you think?

06/20/2011 9:02 PM EDT

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.

06/20/2011 8:59 PM EDT

Markos Moulitsas

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

06/20/2011 8:55 PM EDT

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.

06/20/2011 8:52 PM EDT

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

06/20/2011 8:50 PM EDT

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."

06/20/2011 8:47 PM EDT

So Far

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

06/20/2011 8:45 PM EDT

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

06/20/2011 8:45 PM EDT

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

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