Excerpted from Mediaite: As Mediaite first reported last month, and now officially confirmed today, famed actor Alec Baldwin will host an hour-long program for MSNBC’s Friday night lineup.
The show, titled Up Late w/Alec Baldwin, will run from 10-11 p.m. ET every Friday, beginning in October.
“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 in a press release. “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,” the network’s chief Phil Griffin added. “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’s ties to the NBC family are extensive: he won many awards portraying Jack Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock, has frequently hosted Saturday Night Live, and hosted the network’s American airing of 2007?s Live Earth concert.
His overtly liberal political videos make sense for a network that has effectively branded itself as the cable outlet for progressive news and views. The show will likely cover a wide swath of topics, from politics to pop culture to the arts.