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Dorothy Lucey Makes a Left Turn to… Current TV!?

Although recently departed Good Day LA co-host Dorothy Lucey is a “self-professed political junkie,” it’s safe to say Al Gore’s Current TV was very low on the over-under list of places she would wind up next.

In what FishbowlLA applauds as a brilliant example of mixing it up, Lucey will co-host tonight’s edition of The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. We’ll be sure to update this item later with a link or embed of the video.

What to expect? A TYT rep tells us:

“The big news of the day is Obama’s deportation policy change. They’re going to break down the genius of his political move and Dorothy will join in on the discussion. They’re also doing a segment about the “Checks and the City” controversy – last night Sarah Jessica Parker hosted a big fundraiser at her home in NYC and the Republicans went nuts about it. Dorothy will speak to Hollywood’s involvement in the presidential campaign race. Also, they will be discussing drone attacks, and Rolling Stone contributor Michael Hastings will be on for that part.”

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David Pakman Joins The Young Turks Network

Leave it to the youthful and inventive host of Web program The David Pakman Show to turn today’s announcement into a viewer guessing game. Per the video below, Pakman (pronounced “Pack-munn”) shared a bunch of voicemails from Wednesday and overnight, in response to his request for viewers to surmise the identity of today’s “special guest:”

Several fans of the show were spot-on with their suggestion that Thursday’s drop-in would be Cenk Uygur. Together with his The Young Turks co-host Ana Kasparian, Uygur officially welcomed Pakman into the TYT YouTube fold.

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Either Cenk Uygur Has Had a Psychotic Break, Or The Young Turks Need to Pony Up for Better Transcriptions

Think it might be time for The Young Turks to fire the clearly foreign transcription service that does the subtitles for their YouTube videos. Because TYT‘s deaf audience is going to think Cenk Uygur is a stroke victim.

Very first line from the transcript: “rolling stone have an article with a truck present no bomb a about at several different issues.”

It only gets better from there. Seriously, watch the whole video with the close captioning turned on. As much as we love TYT, the show is actually slightly more entertaining this way.

Cenk Uygur’s The Young Turks Turns Ten

Cenk Uygur‘s online talk show The Young Turks is celebrating its 10th anniversary today. What began as Sirius Radio’s first talk show back in 2002 has transformed into a regular show on Current TV and an online network with more than 30 million viewers a month on YouTube.

Not bad.

Says Uygur: “Our ten year anniversary is a celebration of all of these people coming together to make an independent show happen. Together we’ve been fighting the power for the last ten years and the establishment better watch out, because we’re just getting started.”

Filmmaker Andrew Napier has also apparently been shooting behind-the-scenes at TYT for the past three years and released the trailed for his untitled documentary in honor of today’s anniversary. After the jump:

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Cenk Uygur Wins TYT Fantasy Football League–Pretty Happy About It

The Young Turks just posted some funny behind-the-scenes footage of Cenk Uygur celebrating victory over his fantasy football league. Those of you who have never spent days agonizing over whether Mike Shanahan is going to inexplicably bench Roy Helu for the first three quarters of a meaningless game against the Miami Dolphins, despite not giving a flying crap about the Redskins, can never understand Uygur’s joy.

Current TV Counts Down to The Young Turks

Ahead of the December 5 debut of The Young Turks on Current TV, the show has been introducing website visitors to various behind-the-scenes team members. It’s a great way to put a different face on the program.

The latest subject is producer Jayar Jackson, who—with his unbuttoned white dress shirt and at-ease bow tie (pictured)—looks like he just came from a rocking all-night formal affair. Jackson started out as an intern on The Young Turks radio show and offers a good primer on how to pronounce Cenk Uygur‘s name.

Other show staff profiled this week include director Jesus Godoy [video] and producer Dave Koller [video]. Both have been with the program since the very beginning.

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Current TV Makes Good on Third Show Promise

A few weeks ago, when Current TV chairman Al Gore welcomed Cenk Uygur to the ranks, he promised that the San Francisco based network would soon be announcing a third show to go along with The Young Turks and Keith Olbermann. This week, he revealed the latest piece of his dynamically evolving 2011 prime time puzzle to be The War Room with Jennifer Granholm.

Granholm (pictured) was the first woman to hold the office of governor in the state of Michigan. The two-term ex-politician joins a progressive network that not only espouses a lot of the same views as Michael Moore, but sometimes also welcomes him as a guest. That trend will surely continue on War Room. Per Tuesday’s release:

Granholm, a regular contributor to NBC’s Meet the Press, recently co-authored a new book, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future, with her husband and leadership consultant, Daniel G. Mulhern.

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Current TV Hires New Executive Vice President of Technology

Current TV continues to staff up. One day after Cenk Uygur took his online show to Current, the network has announced it’s hiring CNN and NBC vet Jason Odell to be its new executive vice president of technology. Odell will be in charge of IT, web engineering and broadcast engineering and will report directly to Current TV president David Bohrman.

Odell is the inventor of the hologram technology CNN used during its 2008 election coverage. Wonder if this means flying gadgets and gizmos are on the way to Current.

Press release after the jump:

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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.”

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Breaking: Cenk Uygur: ‘I’m Out at MSNBC’

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks dishes on why he’s no longer at MNSBC. “I didn’t want to work at a place that didn’t want to do my kind of show,” says Uygur.

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