Current TV Taps Gavin Newsom for Weekly Show

On the heels of Keith Olbermann's messy departure, the cable channel hires the California politician to headline a new talk show.

Gavin Newsom is getting his own talk show on Current TV.

Weeks after tossing Countdown anchor Keith Olbermann, the cable network announced a splashy new hire on Wednesday with Newsom, the sitting lieutenant governor of California.

The Gavin Newsom Show will be an hour long, and executive produced by Mia Haugen. Haugen previously worked as a producer for The Street, Forbes and CNN. Coverage "will have a decidedly California touch as Newsom interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond," said Current in an announcement.

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"Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change," said Al Gore, Current's chairman. "First as a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as Mayor of San Francisco, and now as Lieutenant Governor, Newsom touches many worlds -- business politicals, entertainment and activism."

Added Gore: "We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television."

Newsom was elected California's lieutenant governor in 2010, and worked in the private sector (where he launched 17 small businesses) before getting into politics. 

The Gavin Newsom Show debuts next month.