Alec Baldwin gets a weekly current events show on MSNBC
It's been about five months since the New York Times hypothesized that Alec Baldwin may end up on NBC's late-night lineup as a talk-show host after finishing 30 Rock. We can now safely say the Times was totes wrong, because now he's getting a Friday night current events show on MSNBC. Completely different thing.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced Thursday that Baldwin would be the host of Up Late w/Alec Baldwin, an hourlong talk show airing at 10 p.m. Fridays, because 10 p.m. is late, we guess. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world -- he’s going to be a great addition to our line-up," Griffin said, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Baldwin, who has been the host of the Here's the Thing podcast since 2011, was more than ready for the weekly challenge.
“After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” he said in a statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”
The new show is slated to begin in October, just in time for all the season premieres. The good thing about the program being aired Fridays is it still gives Baldwin time for his other job, hosting Saturday Night Live eight weeks a season.