Keith Olbermann ends new Countdown show on time, avoids messing with Maddow
From his first show on Monday for Current TV, Keith Olbermann seemed to take special glee in a previously undisclosed detail: His hourlong, 8 p.m. program would be running late by many minutes every night.
The goal, though he didn't state it on air that night, seemed obvious: To keep fans Olbermann might share with his onetime protege, MSNBC star Rachel Maddow, from easily watching or recording her 9 p.m. show after watching his (the big TV networks often schedule shows such as Dancing with the Stars one or two minutes over the hour, just to make DVR recording more difficult).
When fans complained on Twitter about the tactic, Olbermann initially defended his strategy. But the host admitted today via Twitter that the runovers were a bad idea, angering fans he was hoping to woo to a new channel and a new venture. Even for a broadcaster rumored to have a capacity for indulging grudges, this move was one step too far.
Olbermann also disclosed that Current soon will have a 9 p.m. companion commentary show airing after his program. Given how well Olbermann's previous picks as broadcast companions worked out, including Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell, it will be interesting to see who he brings up next.
Here's the twitter messages as they were sent:
1/3: At @current we’ll soon have a 9 PM companion commentary show to mine. But in the interim there is no reason for me to be overlapping
2/3: with my friend Rachel, nor to ignore the wishes of those who’ve been so loyal to both of us for so long. We’ve heard you: as of
3/3: tomorrow night Countdown finishes at 9. Bonus stuff will instead go to Countdown Online. Thanks for upsiding my head on this :)