Keith Olbermann, the wayward TV personality who’s been wandering in the TV wilderness since parting company with Current TV more than a year ago, is on his way back to television via a baseball deal with Turner.
Under the deal reported here on the Hollywood Reporter Web site, Olbermann will anchor Turner Sports’ post-season baseball coverage in October.
Though the financial terms were not reported, this figures to be a big deal for Keith because he’ll be anchoring all of Turner’s coverage of post-season baseball. His show will be based in an Atlanta studio, THR said, and will be seen during coverage of every game Turner has this season — including Wild Card playoffs, 18 division championship games and the National League Championship Series. Olbermann will reportedly be joined in the studio by Dennis Eckersley and, possibly, an additional analyst to be named later.
For Olbermann, the gig marks a return to his sports roots after years as a political commentator on MSNBC and then Current. He was fired from both of those jobs after tumultuous tenures, and even sued Current for wrongful termination and breach of contract. The suit was settled in March.