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Olbermann's Next Move --

Getting Social with Sorkin?

1/23/2011 12:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Write what you know, the old saying goes -- and Keith Olbermann might be about to do just that ... with the help of the most famous Hollywood writer around.

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Now that he's out of work, the former "Countdown" host could contribute to a show "Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin has in the works ... this according to EW.

The mag says Sorkin has a pilot script in the works about a cable news show and Olbermann might contribute in the form of his signature rants.

Sorkin was famously panned by critics because the comedy sketches in his failed show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" weren't very funny. Having Olbermann write your political rants would certainly nip that problem in the bud.

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31.

kimd    

Good for Keith.I have a feeing MSNBC is going to be very sorry.

1315 days ago
32.

kimd    

Olbermann is an excellent newscaster,satarist and commentator.He will be missed but I think this may turn out to be the best think that's ever happened to him....and us.See you soon Keith.

1315 days ago
33.

Andrew    

"Only a right-wing moron could read of those incidents and come to your conclusion. Well done, douche-bag."

Exactly the kind of response you'd expect from a far left liberal. Well thought out and eloquent. And yet it's the right wingers who spew hate.

By the way youre adorable timeline was missing a bunch of moments. Specifically those attributed to the actions of liberals. Here are just a few examples....

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/060...8/Obama_brings_a_gun_to_a_knife_fight.html

http://www.nbc29.com/story/12209492/republican-headquarters-vandalized

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1347683/Arizona-shooting-victim-James-Eric-Fuller-sectioned-Tea-Party-leader-death-threat.html

But not surprisingly those were left out.

1315 days ago
34.

Mike    

"But not surprisingly those were left out."

Gee - 3 incidents versus a plethora. Judging by your math skills, you must be a tea-bagger.

1315 days ago
35.

Denis    

Two bitter unhappy losers who hate anybody who is not on the extreme left teaming up to make us laugh. Hmmm what's wrong with this picture?
Here's an idea, just do Countdown in a half-hour format. It could challenge Modern Family and Glee in the comedy/musical category. Just tell Comrade Olberman to do his normal schtick and viola!

1315 days ago
36.

Joe Dabb Babbalucci    

The Olbermann is vastly overrated! The best way to ruin this evildoer is to keep him off the radiowaves, cable TV, the newspapers and any form of media. While he should have enough money to survive the rest of his life, keep him off the public stage. He'll shrivel like a mushroom in a hot skillet. Ever wonder why he's been alone ALL of his life? He's never had a lasting relationship due to his ego. He's this generation's Mike Wallace in that he has a depression issue that requires meds. Flush The Olbermann out of your lives. You'll be better and happier for it. After all, ESPN flushed him as well as Dan Patrick. The Olbermann is a pariah for a reason. Shun him or shoot him. The former will work as well as the latter, but the latter is a guarantee!

1315 days ago
37.

John    

@Andrew
Yes its amazing what a little research will do

Poisoning Pelosi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UudQuVOwSds

Gunman and Goldberg's book:
http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/knoxville-church-shooters-manifesto

Tides Foundation:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/30/AR2010073003254.html


I am a Republican. But I find Glenn Beck to be one of the most dangerous people on TV in my opinion.

1315 days ago
38.

growup    

The reason Studio 60 and Olbermann failed was because they always insult a large portion of their audience.

When I watch Fox news a commentary/analysis show, there will be guests from the left and right debating the issues. When I would watch Olbermann, 9 times out of ten he would be talking about Fox News! and how "stupid" the audience is, calling me a "racist" and whatnot. That's why his numbers were so low. I want to learn something, not be attacked.

Attack ideas, not people.

1315 days ago
39.

Andrew    

"Gee - 3 incidents versus a plethora. Judging by your math skills, you must be a tea-bagger."

More name-calling from the left. Shocking. By the way you must have missed this part of my post....

"Here are just a few examples...."

But then again who am I kidding? You didnt miss it, you just avoided it. Here are some more....

http://www.wsmv.com/politics/17770884/detail.html

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/25508231/detail.html

http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2010/04/04/democrats-get-another-gop-office-vandalized/

Since TMZ only allows 3 links to a post, I can only do 3 at a time....want more examples Mikey?

1315 days ago
40.

Jason    

Wouldn't it be FUN if the new owners turn NBC and MSNBC into another FOX ;-)

1315 days ago
41.

Mike    

"The Olbermann is vastly overrated! The best way to ruin this evildoer is to keep him off the radiowaves, cable TV, the newspapers and any form of media. While he should have enough money to survive the rest of his life, keep him off the public stage. He'll shrivel like a mushroom in a hot skillet. Ever wonder why he's been alone ALL of his life? He's never had a lasting relationship due to his ego. He's this generation's Mike Wallace in that he has a depression issue that requires meds. Flush The Olbermann out of your lives. You'll be better and happier for it. After all, ESPN flushed him as well as Dan Patrick. The Olbermann is a pariah for a reason. Shun him or shoot him. The former will work as well as the latter, but the latter is a guarantee!"

Nice to see you gun lunatics are toning down the rhetoric. regarding his being all alone all his life - better to be like Limbaugh who has been married many times (and goes to the Dominican Republic for sex tours)? I guess Rush loves marriage so much he just jeeps at it. Bravo.

Censor him from the airwaves? Nice that my hypothesis from earlier in this thread is being illustrated in such stark terms that even idiot tea-baggers can understand it. Do you even see the hypocrisy in what you say? I'm betting not, as that would require a degree of introspection and at least a few functioning brain cells, both of which I am certain you lack.

1315 days ago
42.

Michael Compton    

@ "A partnership of a couple rehabbed ex-druggies. That should work out well! - Posted at 8:23 AM on Jan 23, 2011 by bob"

Perhaps you're confusing Keith with Rush? Must be, because your assertion that KO ever had a substance problem is absolutely false. But.....Since when has the truth been an impediment to right-wing rants? Rage on, liar.

- Oh, and.....Weak dig, TMZ. Coming from a bastion of social relevance and responsibility like yourselves, that IS funny.

1315 days ago
43.

Mike    

Andrew - you are an ignorant, Kool-aid drinking ditto head who is unable to think for himself and so you must therefore rely on what others tell you to think. The people on your side traffic in the politics of hate and division. The big government that so many of your kind hate - I'm assuming you were also out in the streets complaining when the Bush regime was running up the deficit, setting the stage for the economic melt down, launching 2 illegal wars, running the Bill of Rights through the a shredder, selling out natural resources to the highest bidder - you know what, this is pointless. You are only going to see that which your limited vision allows, and you have no desire in knowing the truth. That would just ruin the delusional narrative you have managed to spin for yourself.

I am so glad I don't live in your country. But it will be fun to watch America continue to eat itself in the time leading up to the 2012 election. Keep watching Fox, and listening to Limbaugh. At least they'll allow you to feel good about yourself as the end nears...

1315 days ago
44.

vicckyjane    

Do you think the anonymous nature of the internet (bulletin boards in particular) contributes to the hateful, cruel and belligerent nature of some of these comments?

At every public meeting I have ever attended, you start by stating your name and city of residence. Would you say such things if you were asked to identify yourself?

1315 days ago
45.

Bahl Sanchin    

Sorkin could work on a show about how to succeed as a mentally ill drug addict by selling paranoia to the lowest common denominator and base the character on Glenn Beck

1315 days ago
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