Keith Olbermann to Collaborate With Aaron Sorkin on New HBO Pilot?

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In the 72 hours since MSNBC fired Keith Olbermann, speculation over the pundit's future has spread widely. One rumor? A TV collaboration with Aaron Sorkin.

The award-winning scribe of A Few Good Men, The West Wing, The Social Network and Moneyball fame has a new pilot in the works about a cable news show.

Sorkin spent time on Olbermann’s Countdown set while penning scripts (he also shadowed Chris Matthews and several Fox News shows) over the past year.

NATURAL TANDEM: A collaboration among left-leaning favorites Olbermann and Sorkin almost seems overdue. The former has plenty of time on his hands ...

EW reports that Olbermann may serve as a consultant to the show, if it gets picked up, and perhaps even deliver some of his signature rants on camera.

Sorkin's failed series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was panned a few years back for the simple fact that its SNL-style comedy sketches were unfunny.

Olbermann going off on long-winded tirades would certainly give a show (which HBO is reportedly considering) about cable news an air of authenticity.

Keith's next step is unclear, but reports say he may be on the shelf less than six months under the terms of his buyout deal with MSNBC. Stay tuned.

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I am saddened by Keith Olbermann's exit from MSNBC. Though I did not always stand in aggreement with him, I respected his openness, forward thinking and honesty. When compared to other journalists he was always well educated on current issues and never afraid to "tell it like it is." He truly stood behind the middle class American and all those struggling to meet everyday needs; putting food on the table, providing a roof over a family's head, providing for a honorable health care system. His message and the progressive way that he presented it will be missed. He is too good to be away from TV for too long. I am thankful to still be able to listen to Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, and Lawrence O'Donell. Hopefully MSNBC and ComCast won't mess with them.


Keith you are the best........miss you. Hope to see you somewhere soon. MSNBC.......the worst station in the world.


WIthout Keith MSNBC will begin it downward spire. He introduced us to Rachel and she's a hit bt now without a proper lead in. She should have been moved into Keith's hour that might have saved the sinkinhg ship. Keith we love ya and we miss ya. Just waiting around till you return with you great annalisis of events and biting commentary.


I wil follow Keith to whatever media format he choose to use. The only reason I watch MSNBC was because the only fair and impartial reporting came on at 5 pm to 10 pm, the day time shows where always slanted right and I hated Joe in the morning, what a wastes- it was like watching Fox on MSNBC. I wonder why there are more news shows that give liberal point of view. Just listen to the reports since he left, the right wing point of view is larger than ever. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR NAME TO FOX-MSNBC, because you have shown your real network poiicy.


i really think Keith is grate and hope too see him on another chanel real soon


I wish him well even though I could I disagree with him on every detail…. I watch FOXNEWS but will trun on Msnbc to see their side as well


Keith I wish you well in all you do thank you for keeping me sane tfhrough the Bush yrs I know you will be successful in all you do take care & stay well


Keith was the greatest. Without Keith, me and my family and friends will never watch MSNBC. Its going to be a useless channel. I hate MSNBC and Camcast and they can go to hell. I will be campaigning to boycott MSNBC and Camcast. I live Keith.


Keith, we will be waiting for your return. MSNBC without you is not the same. Thank you for giving us awareness, education, laughter and incisive progressive perspectives on a daily basis. You are totally irreplaceable. We hope you will reappear in HBO or some other decent channel.


Good riddance.