If you’re like me, you’re nights are a little boring now that Keith Olbermann is off the air, and like me, you’re probably speculating as to what his next move might be. Well, we know that due to his contract with MSNBC, he can’t return to network television for a few months, but what else is in store for our departed Countdown host? Hollywood, baby!
According to a report on Entertainment Weekly, Olbermann might be working with the Golden-Globe winning Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, West Wing) on a pilot script about the cable news industry. Olbermann might contribute some valuable insider views as well as his signature rants.
Sorkin spent time on Olbermann’s set while penning the behind-the-scenes script (think Sports Night meets Countdown), something he did while juggling The Social Network and working on an early draft of the upcoming film Moneyball (starring Brad Pitt). Sorkin recently told BBC News that he also shadowed Chris Matthews and Fox News and that he’s working with HBO on the project.
Should the behind-the-scenes script become a series, it’s practically a given that Sorkin would call upon his trusted allies to help carry out his vision. Besides Olbermann’s potential contribution, Emmy-winning scribes like Kevin Falls (Franklin & Bash) and Eli Attie (House M.D.) — both of whom worked on The West Wing – could help Sorkin run the show, while Thomas Schlamme would be a natural to direct.
I would love nothing more than to see Keith with the freedom that HBO affords to continue his influence with rational thinking Americans. It would also give him a way to remain critical of the liars over at Fox News.