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Joy Behar Heads to Current

Former HLN host will headline the network's 6 p.m. hour

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It's called The Joy Behar Show (maybe), but it's not on HLN. The host of The View and longtime afternoon news personality, Behar is headed to Current with the title of her old show as the working title of her new show. Behar's HLN series ended last year; now, she's taking over the 6 p.m. slot on Current and re-airing in prime time while Current headliner Eliot Spitzer is off the air for a week starting June 18 (the weeklong intro to Joy will be called Joy Behar: One Week Only *Until the Fall).

Current could use a boost. The network's bid to increase ratings with Keith Olbermann ended in disaster when Olbermann left in a very public way earlier this year. Replacement host Spitzer hasn't been able to maintain his predecessor's ratings, and Spitzer's fellow prime timers Cenk Uygur and Jennifer Granholm don't have the viewership heft Olbermann brought to the network. Behar, more than anyone else in the network's talent pool, is an established cable news player, so expect to see her face on a lot of the network's promotional material in the near future.

The series will air Monday to Thursday on Current starting in September. Behar has co-hosted The View since 1997 and occasionally filled in for Larry King on Larry King Live.