MSNBC gives actor-writer Lawrence O'Donnell his own soapbox

Former "West Wing" scribe and Olbermann guest host has been a contributor to the cable newser since 1996

Published June 15, 2010 11:16PM (EDT)

Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC
Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC

We don't get enough middle-aged white guys trending on the Internet, you know?  Today's the day for Lawrence O'Donnell though -- the writer, actor, and part-time pundit has been given his own nightly program on MSNBC.  Anyone who knows anything about cable news programming knows that this is a fantastic opportunity, a double-edged sword, and an atom-bomb-waiting-to-go-off.  Here's a tip: watch out for those Fox News characters.

The show will air at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET, so if that's when you watch your "Countdown" reruns, you're going to have to learn how to use your DVR.  Politico has a nice meaty piece on O'Donnell and how guest hosting "Countdown" leads to your very own show.  Media Bistro has managed to drum up quite a comment-flurry about the new show. And check out the new host taking on Liz Cheney on Good Morning America: 

By Christine Mathias

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