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Michael Moore joins Keith Olbermann's new 'Countdown' show

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05/12/2011 by Corinne Heller

Michael Moore, an outspoken Oscar-winning liberal filmmaker known for documentaries such as "Fahrenheit 9/11," has been made a regular political contributor on Keith Olbermann's new political commentary show on Current TV.

The cable network announced Moore's participation in a recent statement. He had often appeared on Olbermann's MSNBC program, "Countdown With Keith Olbermann," which ended its run in January. The host's new show bears the same title.

Others set to appear on the revamped series, which debuts on June 20 at 8 p.m. ET, are comedian Richard Lewis, filmmaker Ken Burns, Nicole D. Lamoureux, the Executive Director, National Association Of Free Clinics and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.

"I'm delighted and honored that so many of my friends - who are not coincidentally among the top progressive and entertainment voices in the country today - will be joining me as contributors to 'Countdown' on Current," Olbermann said in a statement.

"I hope these talented individuals, and the others we are to announce in these weeks before the premiere on June 20 will give viewers a sense of the strength and depth of the franchise we're assembling."

In January, Keith Olbermann and MSNBC declared that "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," the network's top-rated show, would no longer be broadcast on the channel after eight years on the air. Olberman, who had often sparred with management, was in November 2010 suspended for contributing funds to political candidates.

In February, Current TV announced it would air a similar primetime show hosted by Olbermann later in the year and that he would also become the channel's chief news officer.

Current TV was founded in 2005 by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Democratic politician and businessman Joel Hyatt.

Moore is known for his views about the government's handling of its war on terrorism, its treatment of America's poor and other social and economic issues. In December, he made headlines after he pledged support to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has angered U.S. officials by publishing classified diplomatic papers. Moore said Assange's organization had "saved lives".

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