In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Alec Baldwin was an action hero, a dramatic force, and a handsome leading man. Then, in the 2000s, Baldwin showed off his comedic chops, both in farcical animated fare such as 'Clerks: The Animated Series' and of course '30 Rock,' the role he won three Golden Globes for. Now, Baldwin is poised for his next major career transition... primetime talk show host on MSNBC.
Baldwin is in talks with MSNBC to host a primetime talk show. “It’s real possibility,” a source close to the situation told Deadline.com. The source still urged caution, however, as no contracts are signed and the concept could still very much fall through. But the project is an interesting one, to say the least.
Apparently, Baldwin--who has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, alongside all of those Golden Globes--has been slated for the 10pm timeslot, prior to the heavier-hitters of the late-night talk show circuit. Even though Baldwin was finished with '30 Rock,' NBC knew they had a big name in the fold, signing him to a two-year overall deal after the close of the series; this talk show would fall under that deal.
Baldwin is no stranger to performing live television. On top of the two live episodes of '30 Rock' he successfully took part in, Baldwin actually holds the record for most times hosting 'Saturday Night Live:' the record stands at 16 appearances. As for his interviewing skills, Baldwin has been hosting a weekly interview podcast entitled 'Here's the Thing' where he interviews his celebrity friends about various topics--it certainly sounds like he's an ideal late-night talk show candidate to me.
Would you watch an Alec Baldwin talk show? Would you be tuning in hoping to see one of his legendary temper tantrums?