Actor Alec Baldwin is coming to ABC to host a new talk show. Baldwin has undergone quite a career transformation in the past 10 years, as he's steadily transitioned from being a film actor to TV and a starring role in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, and frequent appearances on the network's weekend staple Saturday Night Live And while Baldwin has hosted the sketch show numerous times over the years, he's no doubt hit the cultural zeitgeist with his animated yet spot-on impression of President Donald Trump during the billionaire businessman-turned-reality-show-host-turned-politician's run and eventual election to the White House in 2016.
Naturally, Baldwin's Trump skits are politically infused, which is not a surprise given the outspoken actor's knack for giving his opinions about the political landscape in America. And now, with his career hotter than ever, Baldwin has been given another yet another platform for his voice, though it still is to be determined exactly how he plans to use it.
According to Deadline, ABC has ordered the talk show Sundays with Alec Baldwin, which is based on Baldwin’s radio show and podcast Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. Slotted to debut on Sunday, March 4, at 11:35 p.m. EST/10:00 p.m. PST after the 90th annual Academy Awards, Deadline says Sundays with Alec Baldwin will feature "one-on-one conversations with some of the most interesting people from American pop culture." Among the first guests scheduled for the talk show is comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld.
While Sundays with Alec Baldwin is debuting only in a matter of days, it appears that ABC is still working out the details for future episodes. Deadline says ABC has filmed five different pilot episodes for the show, including some with audiences and others with no audiences. The network is reportedly aiming for a primetime slot for the show on Sundays (hence the name of the show), and has ordered eight additional episodes to air later this year. Deadline says the show is part of the pact Baldwin signed with ABC to do network's primetime game show Match Game. In the meantime, of course, people will get more of Baldwin on SNL and in films like Mission: Impossible - Fallout.
It will be interesting to see what sort of audience Baldwin will be able to attract in the talk show format, especially given his penchant to stir up provocative political conversations. It's possible that he will keep the political talk out of the show altogether, or it could be nothing but political talk. The "one-on-one conversations with some of the most interesting people from American pop culture" description seems to leave a lot of room for interpretation, especially since talk about the nation's state of affairs isn't exclusive to those who work in the political realm. At the outset, anyway, it appears that impressions of Trump or anybody else won't be part of the equation, since it appears Sundays with Alec Baldwin will be all talk and no variety.