Amateur screamer Alec Baldwin is going professional and joining the team at MSNBC. The cable network announced Thursday that Baldwin will host a weekly “current events and culture talk show” called Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin.
“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,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”
There have been talks of a Baldwin-anchored talk show on one of NBC’s networks for quite some time. In April, it was rumored that Baldwin was in talks to take over the 1:35 a.m. NBC time slot currently occupied by Last Call with Carson Daly. Now, it appears he’s found a home on MSNBC primetime.
“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” said MSNBC President Phil 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.”
Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin will premiere in October. MSNBC’s 10 p.m. hour is currently occupied by Lawrence O’Donnell, but only Monday through Thursday. For a rough approximation of what Baldwin will look like behind the anchor desk, watch this. For a rough approximation of Baldwin’s demeanor, watch this.