Alec Baldwin is slated for a television comeback as he gets tapped for a hosting job on a new ABC show titled Sundays With Alec Baldwin.
ABC Signs On Baldwin
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series already nabbed an eight-episode order from the network. Each episode is expected to be about one hour long.
Sundays With Alec Baldwin is expected to be similar to the interview format of the actor's popular podcast entitled Here's The Thing With Alec Baldwin. Shot in New York City, the goal is reportedly to invite two guests for interviews per episode. Guests will include actors, comedians, politicians, and other pop culture personalities.
"I'm excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field," Baldwin says in an official statement. "I've enjoyed doing my podcast for WNYC and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera."
Sundays With Alec Baldwin is being produced by Baldwin's own El Dorado Pictures.
Pilot Episode Airs Sunday
The first episode of Sundays With Alec Baldwin will be right after the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4. It will feature interviews with comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon.
Sunday's episode is being touted as a sneak peek instead of an actual pilot, but it's shaping up to be an interesting one with both comedian guests game for a candid conversation. Some of the topics that's expected to be touched on include comedy in the current social and political climate, and the personal lives of Seinfeld and McKinnon.
"Alec's intellect, wit and wealth of life experience afford him a voice and perspective we haven't seen before in this format," ABC Entertainment's Channing Dungey states, adding that the team knew the show works right after shooting the first episode.
Dungey describes the actor as one of modern times' "most compelling conversationalists" with the ability to inspire intimate discussions as he previously did in his old podcast.
Baldwin's Future Projects
There's high hopes for Baldwin's new talk show, but the actor-comedian is signed on for other projects as well in case it doesn't pan out.
Earlier this month, Deadline confirmed that Baldwin has been cast in the thriller Motherless Brooklyn, a film directed and written by actor Edward Norton. Other cast members include Bruce Willis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Baldwin is also set to appear in several high-profile films, most notably Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which will be in theaters in July 2018. His other movies on the line include Drunk Parent, Arctic Justice, and The Boss Baby 2.