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Alec Baldwin Won’t Be ‘Up Late’ On MSNBC Any More

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 11:17am PST

MSNBC and Alec Baldwin‘s camp announced jointly that Baldwin’s Friday show is toast: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC,” MSNBC and Baldwin rep Matthew Hiltzik said. Added MSNBC: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” It’s the first MSNBC has spoken about Up Late’s suspension; Baldwin MSBNC Cancels Alec Baldwin Showannounced earlier this month the network had suspended his show for two weeks; his announcement came after a video clip caught him tearing into a photographer with at least one gay slur and possibly two, though Baldwin has denied uttering the second one and says he did not realize the first was a slur.

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“Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now,” MSBNC Cancels Alec Baldwin ShowBaldwin wrote in his blog after his show’s first week off the air, setting the stage for its non-return. “[If] the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it,” he wrote –  though that all-about-the-ratings-like-any-other-start-up storyline grew less pat when Up Late’s fill-in show, Lockup, clocked an even smaller number than Baldwin’s show the past two weeks. MSNBC said Baldwin’s former time slot — Fridays at 10 PM — will continue to be taken by Lockup.

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Last week, Baldwin attended a tech conference in San Francisco to jokingly profess his love for a man, in the hope of, once again, recalibrating his image. After asking a member of his entourage to stand up, Baldwin told him: “I want you to be my lover, Matt. I love you, Matt. I love you in that way.” The Associated Press reports Baldwin’s bit got a big laugh from the conference crowd. The actor also told that tech-conference crowd that he hopes his 3-month-old daughter learns to control her temper better than he has as an adult, the AP reported. He also told the group he now realizes he needs to choose his words more carefully. “If in any context, in the world that we live in today, if any word is remotely offensive to people, then I’m perfectly willing to learn a different word,” Baldwin said.

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MSNBC had been very quiet since Baldwin announced his Up Late With Alec Baldwin was being taken off the cable news network for two weeks. That, after the entertainment website TMZ posted a video of the hot-tempered Baldwin’s latest rant. That included zipped lips in re whether the program, which had sunk about 40% in ratings in its brief five-week life, would return.

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Alec Baldwin Threatens To Quit Showbiz, Says MSNBC’s ‘Up Late’ Might Not Return After Suspension

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 11:15am PST

A day after his MSNBC show Up Late With Alec Baldwin was put on a two week suspension, Alec Baldwin revealed on his blog that the long-term fate of the show is up in the air. “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now,” he wrote Saturday morning. “My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on November 22nd itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now.” Baldwin released an apology Friday for the alleged anti-gay remarks to a photographer that led to the MSNBC suspension, but in his lengthier blog post denied uttering any slur during the taped incident. “I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken,” he wrote.

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Up Late premiered last month to up-and-down ratings in the Friday 10 PM slot and was still finding its footing when the hammer dropped yesterday. Baldwin’s blog post suggests it may not return at all even after the current two-week suspension. “[If] the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it. We do take a small amount of pride in knowing that we beat CNN in the ratings each of our nights. (I forget who they had on at that time),” he wrote. Read More »

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MSNBC Temporarily Suspends ‘Up Late With Alec Baldwin’

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 4:44pm PST

The cable news network has pulled Alec Baldwin’s Friday night interview show off the air for the next two weeks after the actor verbally lashed out at a photographer this week. Asked about a recent court case he’s testified in, the often combustable Baldwin responded to the snapper with what appeared to be homophobic remarks. Up Late With Alec Baldwin will not air tonight, when Ellen Barkin was set to be the guest, or on November 22. Here’s a statement from Baldwin that was posted today on MSNBC’s website:

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I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.

I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.

This isn’t the first time MSNBC has had to pull one of the hosts off the air because of offensive comments. Back … Read More »

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Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Falls To New Low, CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Takes A Hit

You would not be saying TGIF in cable newsland if you were Alec Baldwin or Rachel Nichols last week. The actor’s 10 PM MSNBC show Up Late and the former ESPN reporter’s Unguarded on CNN both hit demo lows on November 8. With guests Cristina Tzintzun of the Workers Defense Fund and the Coalition for the Homeless’ Mary Brosnahan talking immigration reform and anti-poverty programs, Up Late With Alec Baldwin pulled in just 101,000 viewers among adults 25-54 on Friday. That’s a 41% drop from the 172,000 demo results of the one-hour show’s October 11 debut. While Baldwin’s total viewers were up to 395,000 from the 354,000 low of its November 1 show, the demo was down from that show’s 130,000. For CNN’s Unguarded, the numbers were even more dire. The Nichols-hosted sports-themed show not only hit a demo low but a viewership low too. The 10:30-11 PM show had a very weak 41,000 viewers in the news demo and just 133,000 viewers overall. That’s a 55% free fall in the demo from Unguarded’s already soft October 25 premiere. It’s also a 54% slide from the 288,000 overall viewers who watched the show’s launch.

Related: CNN Suffers Meltdown With Nuke-Themed ‘Pandora’s Promise’

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UPDATED: Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Talker Premieres Up In Viewers, Mixed In Demo

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

UPDATED, 4 PM: The premiere of Up Late With Alec Baldwin, Alec Baldwin’s interview show on MSNBC, logged an average of 654,000 viewers on Friday — up 53% compared with the time slot’s take one week earlier. The Hollywood A-lister clocked 172,000  viewers in the news demo, a 7% drop compared with MSNBC’s performance in the hour one week earlier with an episode of MSNBC Investigates. Which means Baldwin either skewed older than MSNBCI — or younger. Looking across four weeks, however, Baldwin’s numbers in both viewers and in the demo show improvement — 18% in the news demo.

Meanwhile, MSNBC has named Jonathan Larsen the EP of Up Late With Alec Baldwin.
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Alec Baldwin Is All Business In MSNBC ‘Up Late’ Debut With NYC Mayoral Hopeful Bill De Blasio As Guest: Video

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 8:51pm PDT

Alec Baldwin demonstrated his serious side right from the cold open of his new MSNBC show — offset only by his jauntily moussed hair. Standing in his new Up Late With Alec Baldwin set, which was done up as a ritzy retro waterfront bar lounge, and looking only slightly like the bore who’d just cleared out the place, Baldwin introduced his first guest: Dem NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

For the next 45 minutes, the two talked amicably about NYC issues — a conversation that seemed sure to have had viewers outside the five boroughs diving for their remotes. Baldwin at one point tried to pin the candidate down on the issue of legalizing marijuana, but de Blasio would commit only to some painfully limited endorsement for decriminalizing the display of tiny amounts of pot. Later, Baldwin complimented de Blasio on his support of afterschool programs, which Baldwin said give kids, “some place to go, outside of television — oops, I shouldn’t have said that.”

Talking to de Blasio about how the candidate met and courted his wife, the politician said it was love at first sight for him. Baldwin began to muse about his own life experience, saying it was “almost like God would tell me” this is not the one he’s going to end up with, but she’s going to be like this one, so he should study her.

Here’s … Read More »

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Hot TV Teaser: ‘Up Late With Alec Baldwin’

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 4:28pm PDT

While (some of) America awaits tonight’s premiere of Up Late With Alec Baldwin on MSNBC, here’s a brief preview in which the two-time 30 Rock Emmy winner plays it entirely straight:

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Alec Baldwin Says His New MSNBC Show Won’t Go For Comedy Central Laughs

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 9:10pm PDT

Alec Baldwin has endured no small number of “very frustrating and unsatisfactory” interviews, so he’s eager to get it right when his MSNBC show launches Friday. “I want to do a show that was more like how I would like to be treated if I were the guest on a show,” he told Politico in an interview. Griping about those half-hearted sit-downs, he said: “It was a very tedious format, and the entertainment press is just the worst of all. Ninety percent of them are just going through the motions.” The 30 Rock alum vows that won’t be the case when he asks the questions on Up Late With Alec Baldwin, his new weekly current events and culture talk show. Baldwin’s going up against HBO’s Bill Maher at 10 p.m. ET Fridays but says he doesn’t really see him — or many other nighttime hosts – as a competitor. “I don’t think it’ll ever be a show you’d see on Comedy Central. We’re not going to go for those laughs,” he told Politico. “[Jon] Stewart. Bill Maher. [Stephen] Colbert. … They dominate that world, and I have no desire to compete with that at all.” Baldwin said his initial idea was to do a network show in the vein of his podcast Here’s The Thing. He said … Read More »

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MSNBC Launches Promos For ‘Up Late With Alec Baldwin’ As NBC Kills Clinton Miniseries

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 7:44am PDT

Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC talker Up Late With Alec Baldwin -- aka Republican National Committee’s Talking Point No. 2 in its State of Upset Address about NBC’s now-defunct plans to air a miniseries about presumed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — premieres October 11. Let the promos begin:

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