Alec Baldwin on Board to Host MSNBC Talk Show
Alec Baldwin and MSNBC have agreed to terms for an upcoming talk show program set to make its debut this fall. The hour-long talk show, called Up Late with Alec Baldwin will air Friday nights at 10 p.m. The show will feature Baldwin’s take on current events and pop culture, as well as celebrity interviews. The show’s announcement came from MSNBC president Phil Griffin, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” Griffin said. “He’s going to be a great addition to our line-up.” Baldwin does have a bit of interviewing experience after hosting his own podcast Here’s the Thing for WNYC. His outspoken nature may be an exciting opportunity for MSNBC, which has embraced its reputation as cable’s premiere station for left-of-center news programming.
But Baldwin’s ultimate dream might not necessarily rest with MSNBC, but rather CBS. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that his dream has always been to be a 60 Minutes correspondent. “That show would be the pinnacle of the marriage between my political beliefs, my political curiosity and wanting to communicate to people on camera to a broader audience,” he told THR earlier this year.
As for MSNBC, Baldwin and its parent company NBCUniversal go way back. Baldwin starred on 30 Rock throughout the entire series, and he has made 16 hosting appearances on Saturday Night Live, more than any other celebrity.
A specific date for Up Late hasn’t yet been announced, but audiences can expect it some time in October.
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