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Is Hosting A Talk Show A Waste Of Alec Baldwin’s Talent?

With 30 Rock over, there have been quite a few questions as to what Alec Baldwin might do to occupy his time. Would he pour himself full time into movies? Would he take a break? Would he try and land his own talk show? Apparently, the answer is number three. MSNBC announced today that the frequent Saturday Night Live host will get his own daily program entitled Up Late w/ Alec Baldwin.

The hour long endeavor will premiere in October, and it will reportedly allow Baldwin to interview a very wide range of guests from different professions, similar to what he does on his podcast Here’s The Thing. Because it’s airing on MSNBC, one would assume there will probably be more politics discussed than anything else, but even if that’s the case, it should offer a whole lot more variety than most of the cable news network’s shows that only look at Washington.

On the one hand, it’s easy to see why MNSBC and Baldwin were both attracted to this project. Alec is wonderful off the cuff. His improvising skills are legendary, and he has a very professional demeanor when he talks. He also has a very wide range of interests and is very active politically. He won’t be outclassed by any of his guests, nor will he be overwhelmed by the stage, and with his podcast-related interview experience, he’ll be good at getting people to open up.

On the other hand, however, this choice is a little bit strange for Baldwin. Yes, he will probably be good at hosting a talk show, but he’s brilliant as an actor. He cleaned up at award shows during his tenure on 30 Rock, and he’s talented enough to either land on another acclaimed program or earn starring roles in Oscar worthy movies. We don’t know all the details of his contract yet, but if he’s shooting five days a week, there’s really not going to be any acting time.

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Mack Rawden

Enthusiastic about Clue, case-of-the-week mysteries, the NBA and cookies at Disney World. Less enthusiastic about the pricing structure of cable, loud noises and Tuesdays.