The Gavin Newsom Show

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The Gavin Newsom Show
Genre Talk show
Presented by Gavin Newsom
Country of origin United States
Executive producer(s) Mia Haugen
Location(s) San Francisco
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Current TV
Original release May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18) – January 2013 (2013-01)
Preceded by Countdown with Keith Olbermann

The Gavin Newsom Show was a weekly one-hour talk show hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, and airing on San Francisco-based Current TV.[1] The show featured one-on-one interviews with notable residents of California, past guests including Marissa Mayer and Sergey Brin.[2][3][4]

Mia Haugen, a former executive at The Street, Forbes and CNN, was the executive producer.[1]

It was According to Newsom, "a political show without politicians. Meaning, I'm in politics, I'm on a network that's dominantly political, and I happen to believe, firmly, that for politics to change, public policy needs to change, meaning the best politics is the better idea. And, we cannot restrict ourselves in the political dialogue to sourcing ideas from the politicians and pundits."[5]


Originally, Newsom asked Current TV if they would let him use their equipment to do a YouTube channel; they rejected that request, with a proposal instead that he do his show on their network.[5]

The show was a replacement for Countdown with Keith Olbermann and premiered on May 18, 2012, with guests Lance Armstrong, Marissa Mayer, and Nick Bilton.[6]


On January 2nd, 2013 it was announced that the show was going off the air. According to his spokesman "The Gavin Newsom Show was a great opportunity for which he is grateful," spokesman Peter Ragone said in a prepared statement. "The lieutenant governor's's original agreement with Current is set to expire this month and he had already decided on moving in a new direction."[7] According to his spokesman the departure was unrelated to Current's acquisition by Al Jazeera Media Network which happened around the same time.


  1. ^ a b "About The Gavin Newsom Show and Gavin Newsom". Current TV. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Gavin Newsom's show to debut on Current TV", The San Francisco Examiner, 05/18/12  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Baldwin, Roberto (May 29, 2012), "Sergey Brin Finally Lets Someone Else Wear Google Glass", Wired News 
  4. ^ ""The Gavin Newsom Show" already on TMZ's radar — thanks to Lance Armstrong scoop",, The San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 2012 
  5. ^ a b Ferenstein, Gregory (June 27, 2012). "With The Gavin Newsom Show, California's Lt. Gov. Raises The Bar For Political TV". Fast Company. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  6. ^ Sankin, Aaron (May 21, 2012). "The Gavin Newsom Show Debuts With Lance Armstrong, Marissa Mayer, and Nick Bilton". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  7. ^ Schwartz, Carly (January 2, 2013). "Gavin Newsom's Show Going Off The Air". Huffington Post. 

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