Alec Baldwin might be our favouite Trump impersonator, but that doesn’t mean that he’s our favourite actor. Or even in our top five. Or even on the list at all. When we think about people we want to see every night on TV, he’s probably not our top choice either. He comes behind Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah and John Oliver and… a lot of other people. Well, if you don’t agree and are actually a huge Baldwin fan, you’re in luck. He’s about to start filming his very own ABC talk show. Yaaay.
According to Page Six, the actor will begin filming as early as this week in New York City (oh good, that means he’ll be in the right place if SNL needs him to don some orange facepaint and pout his lips for a few minutes on a Saturday). Don’t worry, this won’t be Baldwin hosting a show as Trump — Comedy Central already has someone on that. This show will be heavily informed by the format of Baldwin’s podcast and radio show: Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin which the actor has been doing since 2011.
Coasting off his Trump fame, you might think that this is a welcome development in television entertainment. That does not appear to be the case. It seems the response to the news of more Alec Baldwin is a not-so-polite “no thank you.”
NBC: “No one could make a bigger mistake than we did hiring Megyn Kelly!”
ABC: “Hold my beer.”
Alec Baldwin Prepping Talk Show for ABC https://t.co/0BaUHEJcJh
— The Sun Also Rises (@Sunset_USA) December 5, 2017
Alec Baldwin going to be doing an ABC talk show. Wonder if he will do it in Trump character, as that seems to be his one trick pony.
— BREAKING NEWS TN (@Breaking_NewsTN) December 5, 2017
No! Remember @AlecBaldwin‘s disaster on MSDNC? #UpLate? Tapes of it are being played instead of waterboarding. ISIS’s deadliest terrorists beg to be doused. “Anything but his interview with Debra Winger! And don’t forget Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea!”https://t.co/abGTrh9Pgm
— Lionel (@LionelMedia) December 5, 2017
Hard pass. pic.twitter.com/gzFaFuRgqr
— CheekyChops NJ™🇬🇧 (@BitCheekyNJ) December 5, 2017
Will Baldwin be taking on the political tone a lot of late-night hosts have adopted in the past year and a half? Probably not. He recently tweeted his displeasure that hosts like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver have made their shows which used to be “promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies” into “grand juries.” His reference to Oliver comes the day after the comedian questioned Dustin Hoffman at a Wag the Dog anniversary panel about the sexual harassment allegations against him. Oliver did not let up when Hoffman attempted to brush off the questions, prompting the online community to laud him as an example of a good male feminist. Baldwin’s “grand jury” comment rubbed people the wrong way. Mostly, it seems like a defense.
Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc. Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 6, 2017
Honestly @AlecBaldwin I would probably stop attacking late night comedians for publicly calling out sexual predators and taking them to task. It looks a little……..guilty?
The #MeToo movement is bigger than you. Let the wave crash where it needs to. You can’t stop a tsunami.
— Allegra (@youcrazypants) December 6, 2017
Is what we need right now really more Alec Baldwin?