The Young Turks Headed to Current TV

You could sort of see this one coming.

In an interview with AP TV writer Frazier Moore, Current TV chairman Al Gore revealed that LA-based Internet smash The Young Turks has pacted with the San Francisco network to hit the airwaves by year’s end as Keith Olbermann’s lead-in. It’s a perfect place for hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian to expand their already impressive Internet reach, following the former’s brief and controversial expanded role with MSNBC:

Gore called himself “a big fan” of Uygur’s MSNBC show, saying, “He demonstrated that his phenomenal success on the Web translates easily and well into the television format.”

Joel Hyatt, Current CEO and (with Gore) the six-year-old network’s co-founder, said adapting an online program for TV “is very much in our DNA. Al and I set out to build a multi-platform media company and to find synergies between the platforms that were additive and not duplicative.”

In the AP interview, Gore also hinted that the announcement of a third Current TV weeknight show is forthcoming.
[To watch a brief Gore-Uygur welcome video, click here]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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