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Alec Baldwin to guest star as 'a controversial New York newspaper columnist' on 'Law & Order: SVU'

While Alec Baldwin just penned a column in which he vows to quit public life, he’s not leaving just yet: We’ve got details about his upcoming guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU.

Baldwin will play Jimmy MacArthur, “a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case.” Rumor has it that MacArthur will directly butt heads with SVU’s finest, Sergeant Olivia Benson.

“New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom,” Executive Producer Warren Leight said in a press release. “In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting  interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.”

But Baldwin isn’t the only one appearing in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut episode: Katie Couric is set to cameo, “playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.”

The episode airs Wednesday, March 19, at 9 p.m.on NBC.

Alec Baldwin to guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Jack Donaghy is back in New York! Well, technically, Alec Baldwin is, but that’s a minor detail.

EW has confirmed that Baldwin will return to television this spring when he’s set to guest star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. There are no details available surrounding Baldwin’s role, but we do know that he is slated to act in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut episode.

Law & Order: SVU returns Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Alec Baldwin tries to ease backlash over gay slur

Alec Baldwin jokingly professed his love for a man in front of a large crowd Wednesday as he tried to ease the backlash triggered by an Internet clip that captured him berating a photographer with what sounded like a gay slur.

“I want you to be my lover, Matt,” Baldwin told a member of his entourage after asking him to stand up. “I love you, Matt. I love you in that way.”

After the packed audience’s laughter died down, Baldwin added that he has loved some men more than women during his life, although never in a sexual way. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin stays up late with '2001: A Space Odyssey' stars -- VIDEO

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To mark the 45th anniversary of the genre-defining classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alec Baldwin sat down with the film’s stars, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, for his new MSNBC talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin.

In the clip below from Friday’s episode, Dullea talks about how director Stanley Kubrick couldn’t decide on the voice of HAL, the computer in control of the spaceship, and the solution he came up with while filming.
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Alec Baldwin to 'restore balance' to MSNBC, according to promo -- VIDEO

“Responding to criticism, MSNBC has turned to a man who can restore balance to an unbalanced network,” MSNBC host Ed Schultz says at the top of the following clip. “A man who will address the great issues of our time while keeping his emotions in check. Above all, a man who values reason over passion and provides a soothing voice for these troubled times.”

Who could Schultz be describing — Brian Williams? Morgan Freeman? The ghost of Edward R. Murrow, perhaps?

Nope: It’s Alec Baldwin, who jumps into frame as Schultz is finishing his speech. Turns out we’ve been watching a commercial for Baldwin’s upcoming current events and culture talk show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, all along. Given the look of dismay Schultz shoots Baldwin, it’s safe to call this ad firmly tongue-in-cheek — which bodes well for the future of the Emmy winner’s show. (Funny Baldwin is much more fun than rage-filled Baldwin.)
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Alec Baldwin gets MSNBC talk show

MSNBC’s prime-time lineup is getting some star power with Alec Baldwin, at least for one night a week.

The cable news network announced Thursday that the actor will host Up Late With Alec Baldwin, a current events and culture talk show to air Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET. The show is modeled after a podcast he’s been doing for WNYC radio in New York, interviewing personalities like David Letterman, Dick Cavett, and Republican political strategist Ed Rollins.

The network said the show will begin in October. The two-time Emmy winner for 30 Rock and 16-time host of Saturday Night Live may be back in familiar territory. But MSNBC says it hasn’t been determined yet whether Baldwin’s show will tape at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

Alec Baldwin to host National Geographic specials

Alec Baldwin will be the on-air host for National Geographic’s weekly “Night of Exploration” programming block, the network announced today.

Baldwin will anchor programs that celebrate the “spirit of exploration,” kicking off with Crossing the Ice, a two-hour special that follows two Australian adventurers as they attempt to become the first to tackle the journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, completely unassisted. Other upcoming episodes include Mystery Bear of the Arctic and Secrets of the Lost Gold. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin in talks to host late night show on NBC -- report

Ready for a little more turnover in NBC’s late-night landscape?

The Peacock is apparently in early discussions with Alec Baldwin to host a talk show that would possibly air at 1:35 a.m. — real estate that is currently occupied by Last Call with Carson Daly — according to The New York Times. A source tells EW that the proposed program could be a Tom Snyder-esque intimate interview talk show. NBC declined to comment.

The 55-year-old actor, who won two Emmys during his seven seasons on 30 Rock, has some shiny emcee credits on his resume: He has hosted Saturday Night Live no less than 16 times, he has co-hosted the Oscars, and he hosts a weekly interview podcast called Here’s the Thing on WNYC, in which he journeys into the homes and dressing rooms of celebrities like Chris Rock, Michael Douglas, David Letterman, and Lena Dunham.

Last week, NBC confirmed the news that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in February, which means Fallon’s Late Night chair will need to be filled.

In addition to Last Call, which is in its 12th season, Daly also hosts NBC’s The Voice.

(Additional reporting by Lynette Rice)

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'30 Rock': How does Liz congratulate Jack on his promotion? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Having eliminated Hank’s granddaughter as his competition (here’s a “There, there.” card, Kaylie), Jack Donaghy is receiving the promotion of his dreams: He’s the new CEO of Kabletown! In the third-to-last-ever episode of 30 Rock, which airs at Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC, Jack (Alec Baldwin) is flooded with congratulatory goodies from all sorts of folks, including Liz (Tina Fey). As you will see in the clip below, her note is beautifully written, in a cool ranch kind of way.

Also in the episode, Jack persuades Liz to come with him to Florida, where they discover a secret about Jack’s deceased mother, Colleen (Elaine Stritch). Meanwhile, inmates Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) are running the asylum (TGS). READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Liz starts spreading the news -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Is a marriage proposal not real until Jack Donaghy knows? On the Nov. 29 episode of NBC’s 30 Rock, Liz (Tina Fey) lets her boss in on her big news — and Jack (Alec Baldwin) is positively un-Donaghy-ian in his reaction. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock' returns tonight: Sex! Ann Romney's Horse! And... Voltron?! A preview of the sitcom's last season

 

The election is about to take an outrageously absurd turn. No, we’re not talking about the ramifications of last night’s presidential debate — we’re talking about the final season of 30 Rock, premiering tonight on NBC, which will tackle the race for the White House in its own uniquely absurd way. Don’t like teases? Can’t handle spoilers? Hate geeky references to Voltron? Then good lord, man, stop reading! SPOILER WARNING!

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Alec Baldwin says he offered to cut his salary for more '30 Rock'

As 30 Rock is set to premiere its seventh and final season tonight (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), Alec Baldwin isn’t ready for it to end after all. “I offered NBC to cut my pay 20 percent in order to have a full 7th and 8th seasons of 30 Rock. I realize times have changed,” he tweeted Thursday morning.

The final season will have 13 episodes, including a supersized finale. From the beginning of the show, which revitalized Baldwin’s career and earned him six consecutive Emmy nominations (with two wins), there was a question of how long he’d play Jack Donaghy. In EW’s current cover story, Tina Fey says she took a Zen approach to Baldwin’s contract negotiations over the years. “You can’t control things by being nervous about it. There definitely were times where I expressed to him how I would very much like him to do it and how important it was to me — and if he thought we were going to continue without him, we would not. But I think by season 3 [we knew he was staying],” Fey says. “I had a dinner with him when I was very pregnant with my second child to say, ‘Let’s do season 7, come on. Let’s do it!’ And he said okay. I think I had the baby the next day. And now not a day goes by that he doesn’t go around to the crew and agitate for a season 8: ‘You’ve gotta change your minds!’ It’s like, ‘It’s not really up to me — and also, no.’”

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Emmy Watch: '30 Rock' EP Robert Carlock talks 'Murphy Brown' and Liz Lemon's future

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

As 30 Rock nears its final 13 episodes, Executive Producer Robert Carlock knows more than anyone that there’s a lot of ground to cover. And that’s exactly what he’ll do this week as he heads back into the writers’ room with Tina Fey. Last week, with only a few, sweet days left in his vacation, Carlock took a moment to talk about season 6 with EW — in particular, writing episode 518, “Murphy Brown Lied to Us.”

“This was the season where we were using our ammunition and doing stuff with the characters in a fun way that we hadn’t [for a few seasons],” says the three-time Emmy winner. “This season felt like one where we were paying stuff off a lot.” Among those pay-offs, Liz Lemon (Fey) committed to a man and the possibility of motherhood, Jack (Alec Baldwin) reunited with his kidnapped wife Avery (Elizabeth Banks) — only to get a quickie divorce — and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) got engaged.

While many sitcoms limp to their series finales, Carlock assured that will not be the case for 30 Rock. “This is a show that doesn’t tend to go quietly into the night,” he laughed. “The challenge next year will be doing justice to all of the characters and landing everyone in the right place.” Below, check out a clip of “Murphy,” then read what Carlock had to say about everything from Jack’s torture couches, to Jenna’s wedding, and the return of a few of Liz’s old flames.

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