Nellie Andreeva

Alec Baldwin may be following in Charles Grodin’s footsteps, segueing from a career as a actor to a gig as a talk show host on an NBC-affiliated cable network. Baldwin is in talks with MSNBC to host a primetime talk show. “It’s real possibility,” a source close to the situation said, cautioning that there is no deal and things could still fall apart. According to Mediate, which first reported the Baldwin-MSNBC negotiations, the Emmy-winning actor is eyed for the 10 PM hour. Following his seven-year run on NBC’s 30 Rock, the network kept Baldwin in the fold with a two-year overall deal inked late last year. Since then, he was considered for a late-night talk show, with the discussion focusing on Baldwin possibly taking over NBC’s 1:35 AM half-hour occupied by Last Call With Carson Daly. However, nothing came out of that, and Last Call was renewed for another season. Baldwin has been considered a solid talk show host contender. He is used to being on live TV with a record 16 stints as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in addition to two live 30 Rock episodes. Additionally, he’s been honing his skills as interviewer with his weekly podcast Here’s The Thing, in which he interviews famous people. Still, Baldwin has had temper issues, displayed largely in outbursts directed at tabloid reporters/photographers, which could make for great television but also cause headaches for his potential employer.

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