This just in from MSNBC: Actor Alec Baldwin is joining the network’s lineup, hosting a Friday night show titled “Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin.” It’ll air from 10-11 p.m. ET.
According to an MSNBC report, the show will by modeled after the podcast — “Here’s the Thing” — that Baldwin has done on WNYC. In his canned statement about the launch of his MSNBC thing, Baldwin said this: “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. I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”
And since these announcements are never complete without a parallel statement from some boss, here’s MSNBC President Phil Griffin: “I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC. 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.”
If so, why hide the guy in a late Friday night slot?
Baldwin’s volcanic verbal history — not to mention his hostility toward the paparazzi — has already set Twitter afire with reaction:
— john scheffer (@SchefferJohn) August 31, 2013
Not called “Rude Thoughless Pigs?” RT @BuzzFeedAndrew Alec Baldwin will be hosting “Late with Alec Baldwin” on MSNBC Fridays at 10PM
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) September 5, 2013
Finally, my dreams of hearing Alec Baldwin’s thoughts on economic policy live on TV will come to pass. http://t.co/EVPviW5vDP
— joshuafoust (@joshuafoust) September 5, 2013
— Brian Paul Stuart (@BrianPaulStuart) August 30, 2013