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Inauguration 2013: Current TV Coverage Plans

The lights may be dimming on Current TV, but the network is still planning special coverage of Barack Obama‘s second inauguration. Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, who has said she’ll “be going back to teaching, speaking and other things” when her show “War Room” leaves the air, will host Current’s coverage along with John Fugelsang from the center of the inauguration action, in New York City. David Shuster will be on the ground in Washington, however. Coverage begins at 10amET Monday.

Al Jazeera acquired the network earlier this month and plans to launch Al Jazeera America in place of Current TV.

More details after the jump…

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The Evening Ticker: Slideshow Slip, Fugelsang, ID Bill

  • Current TV is adding another show hosted by comedian John Fugelsang. Fugelsang is already launching a nightly program for Current later this year, but before that will launch a Friday night weekly wrap-up show, “John Fugelsang: So That Happened” On Oct. 5. The concept sounds an awful lot like E!’s “The Soup,” mixed with a dash of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
  • Thanks in part to a film that aired on Investigation Discovery called “Sin By Silence,” California passed legislation that will provide assistance to victims of domestic violence that are incarcerated. The bills (in both houses of the state legislature) were dubbed the “Sin By Silence” bills.

A Former Vice President Will Host A Cable News Channel’s Convention Coverage

Current TV just announced that one of its co-founders, former Vice President Al Gore, will lead Current TV’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Gore will be joined by former Michigan Governor and “The War Room” host, Jennifer Granholm, former New York Governor and “Viewpoint” host, Eliot Spitzer and “The Young Turks” host, Cenk Uygur. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will join the panel for the RNC coverage.

Also, David Shuster and Michael Shure will report from both conventions and new Current TV hosts Joy Behar and John Fugelsang will contribute.

“I’m pleased to be participating in Current TV’s impressive line-up throughout the Republican and Democratic National Conventions,” said Gore. “Cenk, Jennifer and Eliot provide the keen insight and spot-on analysis our viewers have come to expect. I have no doubt that our coverage will be innovative and informative, and I look forward to working with them.”

Keith Olbermann‘s available, why didn’t they just…. oh right.

The Ticker: Fugelsang Show, ‘NY Med,’ Olympic Diss

  • Current TV is adding another new primetime show hosted by a comedian. Following the announcement of Joy Behar‘s new program, Current says it will add a show hosted by John Fugelsang in primetime. Fugelsang says his new show “will be an attack ad on apathy; taking the flag back from phony patriots, taking the Bible back from the hypocrites, and taking Bath Salts away from Glenn Beck.”
  • Despite being up against NBC’s coverage of the women’s team gymnastics final, which saw the U.S. take home gold last night, ABC’s “NY Med” managed to deliver strong ratings. The program drew 2.8 million viewers, improving on its lead-in by 17%, and actually gaining viewers as the hour went on.
  • Speaking of ABC, Bill Weir is in London covering the games for the network, and on last night’s “World News” he joked with Diane Sawyer about the “network that shall not be named” and its restrictive TV rights use. Of course, had ESPN/ABC won the games, it may have been a different story. Watch:

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