Alec Baldwin's Talk Show Is Happening (for Real This Time)
Updated Feb. 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. PT: Alec Baldwin's talk show is officially coming, even after rumors that it would be pushed back to accommodate the Saturday Night Live actor's recent hip-replacement surgery. ABC has officially ordered nine episodes of Sundays with Alec Baldwin, and there's reportedly a sneak peek of the series coming after the Oscars this Sunday night (March 4).
The sneak peek, which is actually basically the first episode, will feature in-depth interviews with Jerry Seinfeld and Kate McKinnon, as if we weren't already excited enough to tune in for this.
"I'm excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field," Baldwin said in a statement this week. "I've enjoyed doing my podcast for WNYC and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera."
The show will feature two guests per episode, and the interviews will be long and deep, more like a podcast than a traditional talk show. Baldwin is sure to bring his particular brand of wit too, which will make it all the better. Can't wait to check this one out.
Original story, published Dec. 5, 2017: Here's a new talk show we'll definitely all tune in for. Multiple sources have confirmed to Variety that Alec Baldwin is in talks with ABC to host his own show, which seems like a job he is made for, honestly.
There aren't really any specifics available yet about the possible project. We don't know what kind of format it would be in or what time of day it would air. But we can totally see him with a Late Show- or Conan-style setup during the late-night lineup. We know Baldwin could hold his own against some of the veteran hosts during that time.
Variety reports the deal isn't finalized yet, but ABC is already working on shooting several pilot episodes in different formats just to get an idea of what this show might look like. The idea reportedly came from Baldwin's WNYC radio show and podcast, Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, which already proves Baldwin has the chops to handle this sort of a project.
We're super-excited to see this play out, especially after Baldwin's huge success playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, a role he won a supporting actor Emmy award for. He's hilarious, he's unfiltered, and he's not afraid to take on the biggest names in politics and current events. If that's not the perfect recipe for a successful talk show host, we're not sure what is.
In August, Baldwin, who already hosts Match Game on ABC, signed a two-year deal promising to give the network first dibs on upcoming scripted and unscripted projects. That means this possible talk show could be just the beginning, and we can't wait to learn more.