On Sunday, New York magazine published a piece by Alec Baldwin called "Good-bye, Public Life" in which the actor expresses his new mission to remove himself from all spheres of public life, perhaps in an effort to escape the bad press and tabloid drama he's attracted in recent years. From the article:
It’s good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we’re friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live. That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and [...]
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The annual Kennedy Center Honors were held a few weeks ago, with late night pioneer David Letterman being amongst those recognized at the prestigious White House ceremony. The event aired last week on CBS, and it's now been uploaded online. Big-time comedy people Tina Fey, Jimmy Kimmel, Alec Baldwin, and Ray Romano all trekked out to Washington to pay tribute to Letterman, who seemed to not hate the whole ceremony as much as you'd expect Letterman to hate something like this. Hit the jump for the rest of the Letterman portion of the ceremony and to see Jimmy Kimmel offend an important ballerina.
Fred Armisen is on this week's episode of Alec Baldwin's podcast, Here's The Thing. It's a fun conversation about Armisen's career and features a particularly touching moment when he calls Carrie Brownstein his soulmate. But the best part might come at the end, when Alec Baldwin reveals that the whole interview was just a ploy to get a cameo on Portlandia:
Baldwin: Can I play a customer on Portlandia? Can I come to a restaurant?
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Can I come and just do something? Order a–
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Who would I play? What would I order?
Armisen: I think you would come from Southern California and you’d order all [...]
Whenever the holiday season begins, a strange vibe settles in at SNL. The weeks blend together as sketches revolve around seasonal themes, with few exciting fresh ideas and a lineup of decent hosts with unmemorable episodes. Fall of last year was no different — Bruno Mars and Louis CK were highlights in what was otherwise a forgettable stretch including Daniel Craig, Christina Applegate, and Jeremy Renner. On the viewer side, this drop in enthusiasm is likely the result of the start-of-season excitement wearing off as we see the cast members fall into a familiar rotation. On the writers' side, perhaps it's a matter of fatigue, or limited options from [...]
Alec Baldwin has found his first post-30 Rock TV job: hosting a primetime talk show for MSNBC. Although word got out about the show last month, MSNBC made the news official today. The new series, a "current events and culture talk show," is called Up Late with Alec Baldwin, and it'll be airing Friday nights from 10 to 11pm (which isn't as late as the title suggests) starting sometime in October. Baldwin has been developing his interviewing chops as host of the WNYC podcast Here's the Thing, which started in fall of 2011 and has featured him interviewing Lorne Michaels, Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, David Letterman, and non-comedy [...]
I don't think anyone is as big a fan of SNL as SNL itself. At every opportunity, Lorne Michaels reminds us of his show's elite status and cultural impact, whether in a tongue-in-cheek backstage bit with Paul Simon and a scotch, or in a more sincere soundbite from one of those now-dime-a-dozen behind-the-scenes specials NBC rolls out on Sunday nights. I can't really blame Lorne for perpetuating this "SNL dynasty" mystique; admittedly I find the show's history fascinating, and I believe the man has earned enough ego to occasionally place his show on a pedestal, especially by coyly likening it to a vain gentleman's club. SNL can get away with its [...]
Alec Baldwin just signed a new two-year deal with Universal TV that will keep him at NBC a little while after 30 Rock ends its run on January 31st. Deadline reports that the deal will involve Baldwin, who's also a producer on 30 Rock, developing and producing TV shows, one of which might be a starring vehicle for himself. This news comes just after NBC locked Tina Fey into a new four-year deal a few months ago. Alec Baldwin sticking with TV comes as a bit of a surprise since he's been talking about quitting acting for years now. There have also been longstanding rumors about [...]
Alec Baldwin does not like the paparazzi. Proof: these two amazing photos of him tussling with a Daily News photographer, an interaction he described in a tweet as the photographer almost hitting him in the face with his camera. Hey, maybe! Here's the second one:
Alec Baldwin new MSNBC show Up Late With Alec Baldwin may be titled like a late night comedy show, but Baldwin said earlier this week that it definitely won't be competing with The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. "I don’t think it’ll ever be a show you’d see on Comedy Central," he told Politico. "We’re not going to go for those laughs. Other people are doing that, and they’re cleaning up in the process. [Jon] Stewart. Bill Maher. [Stephen] Colbert. They dominate. They dominate that world, and I have no desire to compete with that at all." Baldwin's show premieres on MSNBC tonight at 10 PM ET.
NBC announced yesterday evening that they've renewed their 1:35am talk show Last Call with Carson Daly for another season. The news comes just a day after The New York Times reported that Alec Baldwin is in talks with the network to host his own late night show, which was expected to take over Carson Daly's late, late slot. Daly, who's a big asset to NBC as host of its #1 show The Voice, has been hosting Last Call since 2002. The renewal will mark a 13th season for the series, carrying it through 2014. In 2009, due to budgetary reasons, Last Call was transitioned from a traditional late [...]
30 Rock has just three weeks left before it ends its run, and Jimmy Fallon had the core cast – Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer – on his show last night to discuss the show and to say goodbye. Fallon ditched his desk to just sit around with the gang and chat like Oprah, and you can watch the rest of the show after the jump, which also includes Tracy Morgan covering a Boyz II Men song.
The first episode of the 30 Rock’s final, 13-episode season airs tonight at 8/7c on NBC, and the internet’s going bananas. Here’s a rundown of all the cool 30 Rock stuff from today. First off, here's a supercut of every terrible TGS sketch mentioned on the show ever.
Alec Baldwin dropped a major bombshell about the show on Twitter:
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