Gavin Newsom to host a Current TV talk show

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom starting next month will host a new weekly series on Current TV, the liberal news-and-policy channel cofounded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.

Gavin NewsomThe Gavin Newsom Show,” with hour-long episodes, “will have a decidedly California touch as Newsom interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond,” according to Current’s news release, and will be executive produced by Mia Haugen, a former executive at The Street, Forbes and CNN.

“Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change,” Gore said in the news release. “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. We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television.”

Asked whether doing the show will in any way detract from the time and energy Newsom gives his official duties as lieutenant governor, spokesman Francisco Castillo replied, “Absolutely not.”

“The show will be taped once a week,” Castillo said. “The time and energy he gives to this show is no different than what he did for his weekly radio show as mayor — except now with a broader audience. It’s about showcasing California, which would only benefit the state.”

Other Current TV show hosts include former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    People will be dashing to sign up for TIVO just so they won’t miss this.

  • Elwood

    I’m so excited!

  • Common Tater

    “Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity”

    Yep, truer words were never spoke.

  • James B.

    Newsom is a worthless pretty boy who shares much in common with George W. Bush. Both have famous fathers whose One Percenter friends built up their business and political careers. George H.W. Bush helped his son get oil investors and helped to make his son the figurehead owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. Newsom’s father and rich friends (such as Gordon Getty) helped Newsom get that restaurant. His trophy wives apparently don’t meet his needs so he has “relationships” with wives of his friends (recall his liaison a few years ago with the wife of his campaign consultant Alex Tourk). His unilateral decision in February 2004 to issue marriage licenses as he pleased was an embarrassment and the California Supreme Court wisely ruled that city officials don’t have the power to create state law on their own — by Newsom’s logic governments across the country could discriminate as they pleased in accordance with their own personal views of what is or is not “constitutional.” Newsom has nothing worth listening to and will only further relegate Current TV into irrelevancy.

  • JohnW

    @ #4

    Newsom is an empty suit in some respects. I wouldn’t vote for him for governor. However, to be fair, when it came to nuts & bolts governance, he was a pragmatic mayor by SF standards. He did somewhat tame the Peskin-led SF Board of Supervisors and inject some semblance of reality into the budgets. When given a chance to appoint somebody to fill a vacant BOS seat, he went for a relative moderate.

    As for his “It’s going to happen, like it or not” issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, his actions initially backfired in the form of Prop. 8. Ultimately, however, it was a major step in shaping the debate on this issue. To the point where we now have seven states with same-sex marriage without having messed up anybody’s “traditional” marriage. We have a conservative former U.S. Solicitor general who will be arguing the case on behalf of same-sex marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court. And, most important of all, public opinion on the issue both in and outside of California is shifting in favor of marriage equality and will continue to do so. So, “like it or not,” it is happening. And Newsom can rightly claim some credit.