Alec Baldwin to Host 'Up Late w/Alec Baldwin' on MSNBC

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September 5th, 2013

Alec Baldwin

via press release:



The Talk Show Will Air Fridays at 10 PM ET


NEW YORK – September 5, 2013 – Award-winning actor, activist and philanthropist Alec Baldwin will join MSNBC as the host of a new weekly current events and culture talk show to air Fridays from 10-11 p.m. ET. “Up Late w/Alec Baldwin” will begin this October. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

“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,” said Baldwin. “I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”

"I've been talking with Alec for a while and can't wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC," said Griffin. "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."

Baldwin is the winner of two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, eight SAG Awards and a Television Critics Association Award for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s "30 Rock." He is one of Hollywood's most charismatic and prolific actors, having appeared in over 40 films. Baldwin garnered raves for his performance in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" and a 2004 Academy Award nomination for his role in "The Cooler" opposite William H. Macy. Other film credits include “Beetlejuice,” "The Hunt for Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat," “The Aviator,” "The Good Shepherd," “It’s Complicated” and Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” and “Blue Jasmine.”

Baldwin has hosted the popular podcast “Here’s the Thing” on WNYC since 2011. On “Here’s the Thing,” Baldwin has interviewed a variety of public figures including politicians, policy makers, performers and artists, ranging from David Letterman to Dick Cavett to Republican political strategist Ed Rollins.

In addition to his dramatic credits, Baldwin has proven to be an adept and perennial host of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" (with 16 hosting appearances to his credit).

Baldwin's production company, El Dorado Pictures, has co-produced the Emmy-nominated miniseries "Nuremberg,"  “The Confession” for Showtime and the feature film "State and Main."

Among his many stage credits, Baldwin won acclaim and a Tony nomination for his work opposite Jessica Lange in "A Streetcar Named Desire," which also garnered him an Emmy nomination for the television adaptation.

Baldwin co-hosted the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in 2010 with Steve Martin.   In 2011, he received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  A dedicated supporter of public policy and the arts, Baldwin serves on the boards of the Roundabout Theatre Company, People For the American Way, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Guild Hall of East Hampton and the New York Philharmonic.

  • James

    Hmm…. this is going to be interesting. A political channel now. Way to make yourself more of a douchebag now huh Baldwin? And some of your brothers isn’t any different compared to you Alec.

  • RJ

    And to think I didn’t believe it was possible to hate him even more.

  • James

    Yeah RJ. We are really going to love him now LMAO!

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Way to make yourself more of a douchebag now huh Baldwin?

    Is that even possible?

  • AppleStinx

    Like horse and carriage.
    Is it going to be live? Perhaps I could convince Kim Bassinger to call him on the air to wish good luck with the show.

  • Malamute Dad

    Hope his daughter does not call in to the show.

    Not sure who FOX will have on in this time slot after Megyn Kelly comes back, but I anticipate they will beat him three to one in all demos

  • cc

    Why do these networks keep expecting us to watch these idiots they keep trying to shove down on our throats? And to think they get paid for spewing their crap.

  • Igwell

    It won’t be live. Alec Baldwin is not going to sit in a tiny studio on a Friday night. I think it should’ve slotted at 11pm, right after HBO’s Real Time.

  • Douglas in TN

    A misogynistic homophobic left winger, who gets away with it because he’s a left winger.

    A shameful and shameless human being.

  • Derrick

    Douglas, why are you letting him get away with it ?

    If you believe something to be wrong, then it shouldnt matter what side of the aisle they sit on.

    My opinion is the left indeed lets him get away with it, but the right is ok with what he does so nothing is done about it.

  • KevinY

    I’m liberal but I can’t stand Baldwin. He’s pretentious personified.

  • Elizabeth

    I love his NPR interviews/podcasts, I bet the show will be riveting. He’s a flawed character, but he brings something to the table with his intelligence and wit. Not to mention – his looks and his unique voice.

  • Douglas in TN

    I ignore the man…sometimes I think he’s mentally ill, sometimes evil.

    But with his recent “problems” the left wing refused to condemn his gay slurs, while, at the same time, completely destroying Paula Deen for a lesser problem.

  • City Kitty

    Good….more low ratings for pmsnbc.

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