Alec Baldwin -- Emmy-winning actor, batterer of paparazzi, credit card salesman, new father and podcaster -- is about to assume yet another role, as MSNBC host. The network just announced that he'll anchor a once-a-week program on arts and culture, starting in October, titled "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,” said Baldwin. “I'm grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”
Reports surfaced months ago, specifically in the New York Times, that Baldwin was talking with NBC about a late-night hosting role, possibly even at "Late Night," which instead will be taken over by Seth Meyers in February. When it became clear the NBC job wasn't happening, rumors about MSNBC then began.
What impact this will have on Baldwin's "Here's the Thing," his well-regarded podcast/interview show (recent subjects include Danny Bennett, son and manager of Tony, artist Eric Fischl and Dwight Gooden) is unclear, though there's certainly no obvious reason both shows can't coexist.
"Up Late" will air Fridays at 10 starting in October. A specific start date was not announced.