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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Current TV signs California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for a new show

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Gavin Newsom, the sitting Lieutenant Governor of California, will launch a weekly show for Current TV called “The Gavin Newsom Show,” the network founded by former vice president Al Gore announced Wednesday.

Newsom will launch his show in May on the network best known for recently canning Keith Olbermann in a big, noisy way.

The hour-long talk show will have a “decidedly California touch as Newsom interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond,” the San Francisco-based network founded by former vice president Al Gore said.

A Current TV rep declined to tell The TV Column how much Newsom would be paid for the hosting gig but said he is going to donate his salary to charity.

Newsom, a Democrat, is the former mayor of San Francisco; while mayor, he hosted a phone-in radio show. He was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the state of California on November 2, 2010.

“Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change,” commented Current TV Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore. “First as a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as Mayor of San Francisco, and now as Lieutenant Governor, Newsom touches many worlds — business, politics, entertainment and activism.”

“The Gavin Newsom Show” will be executive produced by former CNN Worldwide producer Mia Haugen

On Current TV, Newsom joins, among others, show anchors Jennifer Granholm, the former Michigan governor, and Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor/former New York State Attorney General.

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