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ABC and Alec Baldwin to Potentially Partner for New Talk Show

Project based on Baldwin's Podcast, "Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin"

Alec Baldwin, who remains a staple on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this season in his Emmy winning impersonation of Donald Trump, is in talks with ABC to host a talk show based on his radio show and podcast “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.“ The podcast launched in October 2011 as an outlet for other Baldwin to interview public figures.

Few details regarding the project are yet set, including what the format would be and what daypart it would be positioned in. But a handful of pilot episodes are expected to be shot to determine where the potential new talk show can be position.

Baldwin currently hosts “Match Game” for ABC, part of the network’s summer lineup of classic game shows, including “The Gong Show,” “The $100,000 Pyramid,” and “Celebrity Family Feud.” In August, when “Match Game” was renewed for a third season, Baldwin signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop scripted and unscripted projects through his company El Dorado Pictures, after having been previously set up at Universal Television.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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