TBS is making a habit of rehabilitating seemingly unsalvageable careers.
After giving second chances to Conan O'Brien and the cast of "Cougar Town," the basic-cable station is recruiting Keith Olbermann, a cable-news refugee. Olbermann, lately of Current TV until his 2012 firing (and before that, the popular and turbulent host of "Countdown" on MSNBC) is, per the Hollywood Reporter, set to lead TBS's coverage of the baseball postseason this fall.
It might not be as odd a fit as it seems to those who only know Olbermann's strident newsman incarnation: Olbermann had previously served as an anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and Fox Sports Net, both instances that ended with acrimony between the host and his employer. In 2002, describing his experience at ESPN, Olbermann wrote for Salon: "I couldn’t handle the pressure of working in daily long-form television, and what was worse, I didn’t know I couldn’t handle it."