Alec Baldwin Embraces his Inner Olbermann, Hosts MSNBC Show

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In a way this is the perfect role for Alec Baldwin since he’s been playing an MSNBC host all his life. Now he’ll finally get to play one in real life. It’s not quite Mayor of New York City, but he will be able to yell a lot about Republicans.

And suddenly Al Sharpton won’t be the dumbest most-mockworthy MSNBC host.

Mediaite has learned from a senior source in the cable news industry with knowledge of MSNBC’s programming, that actor Alec Baldwin is getting his own weekly show in MSNBC’s primetime lineup.

According to our source, the so far untitled show will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics

No, really?

The MSNBC 10 p.m. hour is currently occupied by Lawrence O’Donnell, but only Monday through Thursday. As such, this new Baldwin show will not replace any of the network’s primetime talk shows

And if Alec Baldwin doesn’t work out, MSNBC can just put on random crackheads. Or just let Baldwin scream racial slurs for half an hour.

  • cacslewisfan

    Don’t people have to be even semi-qualified to be a “journalist?” Is this going to be like when William Shatner had his own interview show? Dear MSNBC, please supply Baldwin with all the Red Bull, Irish whiskey, and powdered sugar doughnuts you can find.

    • Frank Aames

      How is he less qualified than Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity? I don’t mean that in a partisan way — but none of those guys have any “special training” that Baldwin lacks. They’re all folks with strong opinions and great public speaking skills, just like Baldwin.

      • cacslewisfan

        Good point, I never thought of it that way.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Frankly, I think I’d rather watch James Baldwin rant and rave, than Alec Baldwin.

  • Hank Rearden

    Big mistake. Baldwin’s ranting has had the desired effect of keeping Baldwin in the news, in front of the public. But it is a condiment. Nobody is going to want to make a meal of it.