I’ve listened to Alec Baldwin’s WNYC radio show and podcast “Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin,” and he’s not half bad as an interviewer. He talks to actors such as Barbra Streisand and John Turturro peer to peer, and he pursues the likes of Patti Smith, Tina Brown, and Thelma Schoonmaker, the editor of Martin Scorsese’s movies.
Now, the actor and Donald Trump impressionist is planning to team up with ABC for a full-on talk show. Baldwin is already working with ABC on his hit series “Match Game,” and he has a first-look deal with the network. There aren’t many details available yet about the project, notably at what time it would air. Could he be an addition to the already crowded late-night world?
This isn’t Baldwin’s first TV talk effort, by the way. In 2013, he helmed a very short-lived series on MSNBC called “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” on Fridays at 10. It lasted for five episodes; Baldwin was suspended for two weeks for allegedly directing an anti-gay slur at a TMZ photographer and he never returned.
Baldwin’s career has gotten a lift since 2013, thanks to his work on “Saturday Night Live,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy, and thanks to being called a “whiny leftist crybaby” in a Trump tweet. But to fans of “30 Rock,” he has been in top form for years, as the indelible Jack Donaghy.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.