“I don’t try to communicate with my ‘audience’. I don’t bother with that any more. I used to try to have conversations with people, but it’s futile.” – Alec Baldwin
FoxNews.com reports that
ABC is betting big on Alec Baldwin, announcing on Tuesday that it has ordered a talk show series with him as host — despite his history of controversy and disastrous talk show at MSNBC.
According to the network, the new show, titled “Sundays with Alec Baldwin,” will feature the host in a very similar format to his successful WNYC podcast. Each hour-long episode will see him sit down for a one-on-one conversation with two guests for an in-depth conversation about the top pop culture topics of the day. ABC says it will air a “sneak peek” of the new show on Sunday, March 4, immediately following the Oscars.
“I’m excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field,” Baldwin said. “I’ve enjoyed doing my podcast for WNYC and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera.”
The sneak peek will feature Baldwin, who currently hosts “Match Game” as part of his production company’s first look deal with ABC, interview his friend Jerry Seinfeld and “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon.
This is Baldwin’s second attempt to parlay the success of his podcast into the television format. His previous show “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” was canceled at MSNBC in 2013. Amid behind-the-scenes conflicts and low ratings, the award-winning star sealed his own fate after making a homophobic slur toward a New York Post photographer that prompted severe backlash from pro-LGBT advocacy groups.
In a video picked up by TMZ, the star calls the photographer a ‘c— s—ing f—-t.” At the time, Baldwin blamed this as the cause of his departure from MSNBC in a lengthy column with Vulture also that announced his short-lived retirement from the public eye.
Despite his past history of failure in the talk-show space, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey seems undeterred going into his next venture for the network.
“Alec’s intellect, wit and wealth of life experience afford him a voice and perspective we haven’t seen before in this format,” she said. “When we shot the pilot, we knew immediately we had something special that we couldn’t wait to share. We are excited to be working on a series that showcases Alec as one of today’s most compelling conversationalists and highlights the type of intimate discussions that he has captured on his podcast for years.”
Currently, there’s no word on when the series will air after Sunday’s sneak peek. However, given its title, audiences should reasonably expect Sundays to feature follow-up episodes.
How avant-garde. How sophisticated. How…boringly Liberal.
I knew that the networks were scrambling for programming but…sheesh.
I imagine that this will be in the style of all of the modern “sophisticated” Politicized Late Night Talk Shows which have destroyed a once very entertaining genre.
Late Night Talk Shows first appeared on the scene in 1954 with the arrival of The Tonight Show . They really became popular with the debut of a young Midwestern guy by the name of Johnny Carson, when he took over the hosting duties of the Tonight Show, in 1962.
Each host of the Tonight Show, before the current one, brought something unique and entertaining to the table. Steve Allen brought both comedy and musical ability. Jack Paar brought urbane sophistication. Johnny Carson brought masterful comedic timing and a Midwestern “Aw, shucks” feel to the show. Jay Leno, was the “Everyman”…the wisecracking guy next door, whom you could find on the weekend with his head stuck under a car hood. And, Conan O’Brien brought…err…umm…never mind.
Being the “old codger” that I am, I remember Johnny Carson very well. Johnny had a natural, easy-going Interview Style, which allowed him to talk to anyone on his show, from a 7-year-old to Movie Stars.
And, while Carson skewered BOTH political parties in his monologues, he never brought up his political affiliation on the show. He felt that if he invited politicians on the show, that would turn off his viewers, as they tuned into his show at the end of a long, hard workday, to be entertained, NOT PROSELYTIZED TO.
That would come later, as the Programming Geniuses at ABC, NBC and CBS turned” Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Propaganda Machines for the Democrat Party.
Former “CBS Late Show” Host Letterman took his duty as the mouthpiece for the sophisticated, urbane Democrats up in the Northeast Corridor so seriously, he even attacked Former Republican Vice-Presidential Candidates Sarah Palin’s children in a monologue, which he later was forced to reluctantly apologize for, due to the blistering blowback which CBS received from average Americans in the Heartland, burning up the phone lines in protest.
Letterman eventually became a national joke on his own, through his indiscretion involving a female staff member.
This yearning by Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel, and the rest of the Liberals at the Broadcast Networks to seduce the “Young and Hip” into watching their shows, by basically turning the Talk Show Entertainment Format into a Political Interview/Satiric Commentary Program, has been the genre’s downfall.
As Liberal Democrats always do, they underestimated the intelligence of Americans living in the Heartland and overestimated their own East and Left Coast Metropolitan hipness and savoir faire.
If people want to watch someone suck up to the Democratic Party, they can tune in to the Nightly News on the three Broadcast Channels, CNN, or, if they are really desperate, MSNBC.
By giving the sickening Liberal Bully Alec Baldwin his own Talk Show, ABC continues to program for a very select audience.
American Liberals only make up 24% of America’s population.
The majority of America’s population, especially those of us living between the coasts, could care less about what Alec Baldwin has to say.
We remember when Alec Baldwin was caught calling his 11-year old daughter a “rude, thoughtless pig” during a phone call in 2007 that was heard after the fact on radio stations from coast to coast.
His boorish public behavior has certainly not improved any since then.
Perhaps he will gain a miniscule audience among the Low Information Voters.
Those who aren’t trolling Facebook when ABC decides to air his show, that is.
Until He Comes,