Alec Baldwin’s rumored talk show for MSNBC became a reality Thursday with the announcement that the movie actor and TV sitcom star has indeed made a deal for his own show.
The one-hour talk show will air one night a week — Friday nights at 10/9c — a departure for MSNBC’s talk shows, which generally air on five consecutive evenings each week.
The one exception: “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” which airs from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, leaving the Friday hour open and available for Baldwin’s new show.
Though it’s not really on very late, the show will be called “Up Late with Alec Baldwin.” It’s scheduled to premiere in October on a date that has yet to be announced.
The model for the show is a podcast Baldwin hosts for WNYC radio in New York in which he interviews celebrities and other notables from the arts and entertainment worlds.
“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, 55, in a prepared statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”
The announcement was made by MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who also issued a statement. “I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” Griffin said. “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.”