History Series / CountdownWithKeithOlbermann

16th Mar '18 3:36:08 PM nombretomado
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* OminousPipeOrgan: Complete with [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach's]] Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor, for "Worst Person in the World". Dropped when Olbermann felt the day's Worst was really {{egregious}}.
** Sometimes substituted with other music that he considers thematically appropriate to whatever offense the "winner" committed. This is a recent trend for "Worst Persons" that Olbermann considers to have done something genuinely bad, but not {{egregious}} enough to forgo comedy altogether. For example, when UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch is the day's Worst Person (not an uncommon occurrence), he plays [[Franchise/StarWars the Imperial March]]. (See [[FanNickname Detractor Nickname]] section above for the context.)

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* OminousPipeOrgan: Complete with [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach's]] Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor, for "Worst Person in the World". Dropped when Olbermann felt the day's Worst was really {{egregious}}.
{{JustForFun/egregious}}.
** Sometimes substituted with other music that he considers thematically appropriate to whatever offense the "winner" committed. This is a recent trend for "Worst Persons" that Olbermann considers to have done something genuinely bad, but not {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} enough to forgo comedy altogether. For example, when UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch is the day's Worst Person (not an uncommon occurrence), he plays [[Franchise/StarWars the Imperial March]]. (See [[FanNickname Detractor Nickname]] section above for the context.)
16th Mar '18 3:35:51 PM nombretomado
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* The show would occasionally end with a "Special Comment", a rather long diatribe reserved for when someone in (or seeking) a seat of power does or says something Olbermann considered ''{{egregious}}ly'' bad. During the final weeks of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this became a more regular segment called "Campaign Comment". 2010 introduced "Quick Comments", which were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shorter and more frequent]] and which evolved into "Tea Time".

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* The show would occasionally end with a "Special Comment", a rather long diatribe reserved for when someone in (or seeking) a seat of power does or says something Olbermann considered ''{{egregious}}ly'' ''{{JustForFun/egregious}}ly'' bad. During the final weeks of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this became a more regular segment called "Campaign Comment". 2010 introduced "Quick Comments", which were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shorter and more frequent]] and which evolved into "Tea Time".
3rd Mar '18 9:47:30 PM nombretomado
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* CatchPhrase: So many, between those specific to Countdown, carried over from Countdown to Olbermann, old SportsCenter catchphrases brought to Olbermann, and original to Olbermann. In order of appearance in the show;

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* CatchPhrase: So many, between those specific to Countdown, carried over from Countdown to Olbermann, old SportsCenter Series/SportsCenter catchphrases brought to Olbermann, and original to Olbermann. In order of appearance in the show;



** Many people subbed on ''Olbermann'' while Keith was out sick (he had a case of shingles in 2014 that he later joked about on his show) or had other commitments, but two who subbed often were ''SportsCenter'' anchor Adnan Virk and ''Series/AroundTheHorn'' regular Pablo S. Torre.

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** Many people subbed on ''Olbermann'' while Keith was out sick (he had a case of shingles in 2014 that he later joked about on his show) or had other commitments, but two who subbed often were ''SportsCenter'' ''Series/SportsCenter'' anchor Adnan Virk and ''Series/AroundTheHorn'' regular Pablo S. Torre.
21st Dec '17 11:06:28 PM MarkLungo
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At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with GQ Magazine to create the web video series ''The Closer With Keith Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the "Special Comment" formula.

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At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with GQ Magazine to create the web video series ''The Closer With Keith Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', ''WebVideo/TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the "Special Comment" formula.
21st Dec '17 11:05:26 PM MarkLungo
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* The night's "Worst Persons in the World", a listing of three people/groups who've done or said something that Olbermann found rather ugly or reprehensible. Briefly suspended a couple of times, once in response to the Creator/JonStewart "Rally to Restore Sanity" (brought back after a fan poll, with a new "Not Really" graphic) and once in the wake of the Tucson shootings (the show ended on MSNBC shortly afterwards, and Worst Persons was revived on Current, without the "Not Really" graphic). When a GuestHost fills in for Olbermann, there is a short political story instead.

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* The night's "Worst Persons in the World", a listing of three people/groups who've done or said something that Olbermann found rather ugly or reprehensible. Briefly suspended a couple of times, once in response to the Creator/JonStewart and Creator/StephenColbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" Sanity and/or Fear" (brought back after a fan poll, with a new "Not Really" graphic) and once in the wake of the Tucson shootings (the show ended on MSNBC shortly afterwards, and Worst Persons was revived on Current, without the "Not Really" graphic). When a GuestHost fills in for Olbermann, there is a short political story instead.
21st Dec '17 7:41:37 PM SpukiKitty
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--> [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dearborn, Michigan]]

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--> [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dearborn, Michigan]]Michigan]][[note]]For those wondering. Dearborn is an American city with a high Muslim population[[/note]]
8th Sep '17 8:19:38 PM MrBadAxe
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* AmicableExes: He is still close friends with his ex-girlfriend Katy Tur, a correspondent for NBC News, and is often the quickest to defend her.



* BerserkButton: Hard to pick just one. Keith is infamous for his bad temper and perfectionism, which has cost him a lot of friendships. [[EmphasizeEverything He gets worked up about pretty much everything,]] from bad plays in a baseball game to horrible political scandals, which sometimes makes it difficult to take all of his anger seriously.



* BreakoutCharacter: In the early days of his ESPN show, Keith would adopt a super-quiet, stereotypical golf announcer voice when voicing a golf highlight. Eventually, this persona picked up a name, Bob [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Slurm]], and the show would regularly do golf highlights just to give Keith a chance to use the voice. Slurm also ended up branching out to other sports, like soccer and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.



* DepthDeception: In RealLife. The reason Keith doesn't drive is that he hit his head on a subway door, and now has no depth perception when moving over 15 mph.



* FascinatingEyebrow: Pretty much the facial equivalent of Jon Stewart's "Go ''ooonnnnnn''" -- basically an invitation for the subject to continue [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging themselves into a hole]].



* GameOfNerds: Keith is a huge baseball fan and historian. His Baseball nerdery was so bad that his parents disallowed him talking Baseball on every second day ''when he was eight''. During his ESPN stint he often came up with some obscure minutia of Baseball history ca. 1905 that [[ShownTheirWork he had researched]].
** In short, there's a very good reason why KenBurns turned to Keith for his [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Tenth Inning]] follow up to his documentary mini-series about the sport.



* GrayEyes: [[Website/{{Twitter}} "gray, hint of blue - but gray"]]



* KindHeartedCatLover: Though Keith does not own any cats (he's allergic), he loves them, and he has two cute little Maltese dogs. He once cancelled an appearance on Bill Maher's program because one of the little guys was sick. He is constantly promoting cat and dog adoptions and rescue services on his Twitter and signal boosting alerts for lost pets.
--> Last week, you will recall that we introduced you to a kitten in a tea cup. We all had our heart strings tugged and then we went on with our lives. However, someone liked the concept and decided to make it more hip-hop. Say hello to bunnies in paper cups. Aw....(from October 5, 2010)



* LargeHam: Olbermann, sometimes intentional and sometimes not. Probably comes from being a sportscaster.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: His rants can get there. The angrier he is, the more erudite he gets, to the point where you'd be forgiven for thinking he's an Creator/AaronSorkin character. (Naturally, Will [=McAvoy=] on ''Series/TheNewsroom'' is believed to be modeled after him, as Keith himself has acknowledged.)
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[SelfDeprecation mocked]] in a guest appearance on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Jon Stewart met him on ChatRoulette, and Keith took this trope as far as humanly possible.
* SharpDressedMan: ''And how''. Keith is a notably snappy dresser, and very careful about having his suits tailored to minimize his enormous size. He's not fat, he's just ''huge''.
8th Sep '17 8:07:24 PM MrBadAxe
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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12. Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al.

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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12.2011-12, hosted by Creator/KeithOlbermann. Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al.
8th Sep '17 8:06:12 PM MrBadAxe
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True to its name, the series featured five news stories, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTim counting down]] from #5 through #1. #5 was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story. The subsequent stories would decline in importance, with #4, #3, and #2 being stories not widely reported elsewhere in the news, and with #1 often being entertainment news or some other fluff piece.

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True to its name, the series featured five news stories, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTim [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin counting down]] from #5 through #1. #5 was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story. The subsequent stories would decline in importance, with #4, #3, and #2 being stories not widely reported elsewhere in the news, and with #1 often being entertainment news or some other fluff piece.
8th Sep '17 8:06:02 PM MrBadAxe
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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12.

Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al. Stories were given in "countdown" order:
* "#5" was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story.
* "#4" was a slightly shorter political story.

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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12.

2011-12. Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al. Stories were given in "countdown" order:
* "#5"
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True to its name, the series featured five news stories, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTim counting down]] from #5 through #1. #5
was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story.
* "#4" was a slightly shorter political story.
story. The subsequent stories would decline in importance, with #4, #3, and #2 being stories not widely reported elsewhere in the news, and with #1 often being entertainment news or some other fluff piece.

Some of the recurring segments include:



* "#3" similar in scope to #4. Often, but not always, an under-reported story.
* "#2", the night's "Worst Persons in the World", a listing of three people/groups who've done or said something that Olbermann found rather ugly or reprehensible. Briefly suspended a couple of times, once in response to the Creator/JonStewart "Rally to Restore Sanity" (brought back after a fan poll, with a new "Not Really" graphic) and once in the wake of the Tucson shootings (the show ended on MSNBC shortly afterwards, and Worst Persons was revived on Current, without the "Not Really" graphic). When a GuestHost fills in for Olbermann, there is a short political story instead.
* Finally, "#1", usually entertainment news or some other fluff piece. Sometimes this is replaced with a "Special Comment", a rather long diatribe reserved for when someone in (or seeking) a seat of power does or says something Olbermann considered ''{{egregious}}ly'' bad. During the final weeks of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this became a more regular segment called "Campaign Comment". 2010 introduced "Quick Comments", which were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shorter and more frequent]] and which evolved into "Tea Time". Friday shows sometimes have "Thurber Fridays", a reading of a Creator/JamesThurber story (sometimes relevant to the week's news, sometimes not).

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* "#3" similar in scope to #4. Often, but not always, an under-reported story.
* "#2", the
The night's "Worst Persons in the World", a listing of three people/groups who've done or said something that Olbermann found rather ugly or reprehensible. Briefly suspended a couple of times, once in response to the Creator/JonStewart "Rally to Restore Sanity" (brought back after a fan poll, with a new "Not Really" graphic) and once in the wake of the Tucson shootings (the show ended on MSNBC shortly afterwards, and Worst Persons was revived on Current, without the "Not Really" graphic). When a GuestHost fills in for Olbermann, there is a short political story instead.
* Finally, "#1", usually entertainment news or some other fluff piece. Sometimes this is replaced The show would occasionally end with a "Special Comment", a rather long diatribe reserved for when someone in (or seeking) a seat of power does or says something Olbermann considered ''{{egregious}}ly'' bad. During the final weeks of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this became a more regular segment called "Campaign Comment". 2010 introduced "Quick Comments", which were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shorter and more frequent]] and which evolved into "Tea Time". Time".
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Friday shows sometimes have had "Thurber Fridays", a reading of a Creator/JamesThurber story (sometimes relevant to the week's news, sometimes not).
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Between 2010 and 2012, ''Countdown'' fell victim to a combination of ScrewedByTheNetwork and TroubledProduction. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making political donations against network policy, but was brought back following intense blowback from his viewers. After relations with MSNBC deteriorated, Olbermann abruptly announced that his show would be going off the air in January 2011. He then relaunched ''Countdown'' on the independent Current TV network, but behind-the-scenes drama led to Olbermann's prolonged absence as host and, eventually, his firing in March 2012. Legal action happened, and was settled just before Current was bought by Al Jazeera to launch Al Jazeera America.

At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with GQ Magazine to create the web video series ''The Closer With Keith Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the "Special Comment" formula.



Keith used to work on ''SportsCenter'' and was the inspiration for [[WordOfGod at least one]] of the anchors on ''SportsNight''.

Between 2010 and 2012, ''Countdown'' fell victim to a combination of ScrewedByTheNetwork and TroubledProduction. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making political donations against network policy, but was brought back following intense blowback from his viewers. After relations with MSNBC deteriorated, Olbermann abruptly announced that his show would be going off the air in January 2011. He then relaunched ''Countdown'' on the independent Current TV network, but behind-the-scenes drama led to Olbermann's prolonged absence as host and, eventually, his firing in March 2012. Legal action happened, and was settled just before Current was bought by Al Jazeera to launch Al Jazeera America.

At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with GQ Magazine to create the web video series ''The Closer With Keith Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the "Special Comment" formula.
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