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Alec Baldwin Gets a New Show TVWeek

Actor Alec Baldwin -- who has been making more headlines lately for his run-ins with the paparazzi than for his career moves -- is making career news today. MSNBC made the official announcement that Baldwin will have a show on the cable news channel.

The news confirms reports last month that MSNBC had the "30 Rock" star in mind as it tweaks its lineup.

"Up Late w/Alec Baldwin" will air Friday nights on the channel from 10-11 p.m. ET. The show, which will focus on current events and culture, is set to bow next month.

In the announcement, Baldwin said: “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. I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”

The show's official announcement came from MSNBC President Phil Griffin.

Said Griffin: “I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC. 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 lineup.”

The announcement notes: "Baldwin is the winner of two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, eight SAG Awards and a Television Critics Association Award for his role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s '30 Rock.' He is one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and prolific actors, having appeared in over 40 films. Baldwin garnered raves for his performance in Martin Scorsese’s 'The Departed' and a 2004 Academy Award nomination for his role in 'The Cooler' opposite William H. Macy."

The release adds: "Baldwin has hosted the popular podcast 'Here’s the Thing' on WNYC since 2011. On 'Here’s the Thing,' Baldwin has interviewed a variety of public figures including politicians, policy makers, performers and artists, ranging from David Letterman to Dick Cavett to Republican political strategist Ed Rollins."

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