The Alec Baldwin Show

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The Alec Baldwin Show
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Also known asSundays with Alec Baldwin
GenreTalk show
Directed byJerry Foley
Presented byAlec Baldwin
Theme music composer
  • John J. Ambrosini
  • Alec Baldwin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jason Schrift
  • Alec Baldwin
Producer(s)
  • Dan Bova
  • Ron Fried
  • Stephanie Storey
Production location(s)New York City, New York
Editor(s)
  • James Crowe
  • Clark Burnett
Running time41 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Greengrass Productions
  • El Dorado Pictures
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 4, 2018 (2018-03-04) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Alec Baldwin Show is an American talk show television series hosted by actor Alec Baldwin that premiered on March 4, 2018, on ABC. The series is Baldwin's second talk show following 2013's Up Late with Alec Baldwin on MSNBC and the first prime-time personality talk show to air on a major broadcast network since NBC's The Jay Leno Show ended its run in 2010.

Premise[edit]

The Alec Baldwin Show is set to "include two interviews per show, letting them collectively stretch the entire hour, save commercial breaks. Like his podcast, which has featured lengthy conversations with everyone from Barbra Streisand to Anthony Weiner." The show "will line up actors, comedians, politicians and other newsmakers in the American pop culture sphere as guests."[1]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

"It's longer, and it's not a pre-produced segment on the couch of a talk show — which is nearly always promotional. The watchword for me is origins. I like to talk to people about their origins. How did they grow up, and how were they primed for this kind of work? How did Jerry Seinfeld become Jerry Seinfeld? I think that's inspiring for artists and performers. I want to get people on there who are political figures and talk about their origins, too. I know everybody says Obama is somebody they'd like to talk to. Letterman had him on. But I've got a whole other set of questions."

—Host Alec Baldwin on what makes his show stand out amongst the crowded talk show landscape[2]

On February 27, 2018, it was announced that ABC had given a series order to Sundays with Alec Baldwin, a new talk show television series created and presented by Alec Baldwin. The series order was reportedly for a first season of nine episodes. The pilot episode aired after the 90th Academy Awards as a "sneak peek" on March 4, 2018. Production companies involved in the series include Baldwin's company El Dorado Pictures.[1][3][4]

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Lacey Rose, Baldwin went on to elaborate on his reasons for committing to the program. He explained how the limited number of episodes allowed for greater freedom and discretion when it comes to selecting guests. He specified the type of guests they were looking for saying, "The idea of doing a TV show was never really that attractive to me — because when we do the show for radio, it's one kind of reality. The minute you put a camera on people, they change...Why don't we try it and see if we get people who are more camera-ready? I wouldn't mind interviewing Jennifer Lawrence or somebody if we could find an angle that was different or fresh." Notable personalities that Baldwin mentioned as possible guests included Stephen King, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, and Bruce Springsteen.[2]

On May 15, 2018, it was announced that the series, now retitled The Alec Baldwin Show, would officially premiere in the fall of 2018 and air on Sundays at 10 PM[5] On October 9, 2018, it was announced that the first formal episode of the series was scheduled to premiere on October 14, 2018, and that Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson would serve as guests. Subsequent guests were expected to include Kim Kardashian West, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., RuPaul, Kerry Washington, Cecile Richards, Jeff Bridges, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Christie, Mike Myers, Regina King, Gloria Allred, Ricky Gervais, and Erna Solberg.[6] On November 6, 2018, it was announced that ABC was moving the series from Sunday nights at 10 PM to a new time slot on Saturdays at 10 PM. The show was expected to return in its new time slot on December 8, 2018.[7]

Marketing[edit]

On March 2, 2018, ABC released the first clips and photographs from the series.[8]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot[edit]

TitleFeatured guest(s)Original air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
"Sundays with Alec Baldwin"Jerry Seinfeld & Kate McKinnonMarch 4, 2018 (2018-03-04)3.645[9]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.Featured guest(s) [10]Original air date [10]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Robert De Niro & Taraji P. Henson"October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)2.073[11]
2"Kim Kardashian West"October 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)1.958[12]
3"Ricky Gervais & Jeff Bridges"October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)1.495[13]
4"Mike Myers & Cecile Richards"November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)1.469[14]
5"Sarah Jessica Parker"December 8, 2018 (2018-12-08)TBD
6"Kerry Washington & Robert F. Kennedy Jr."December 15, 2018 (2018-12-15)TBD
7"RuPaul & Erna Solberg"December 22, 2018 (2018-12-22)TBD
8"Regina King & Gloria Allred"December 29, 2018 (2018-12-29)TBD
8"Jerry Seinfeld"January 5, 2018 (2018-01-05)N/A

Reception[edit]

The series has been met with a negative response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 0% approval rating, with an average rating of 3.72 out of 10 based on 7 reviews.[15]

Upon airing, the pilot episode was met with a mixed response from critics. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned Sundays with Alec Baldwin a score of 47 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[16] In a positive review, Verne Gay of Newsday offered the pilot praise giving it two and a half stars out of four commenting on its potential, saying, "Baldwin is the sort of star — either actor, talk show host, POTUS, whatever — who elicits passion. Some people love him, others not so much. There's no middle ground and never has been, and into this no man's land he steps, along with future guests. Nobody's neutral about him, and their neutrality will be tested as much as his. The show's potential will rise or fall in those edgy encounters when they come, and they certainly should. That passion could ultimately be Sundays' chief asset."[17] In a more negative critique, Kelly Lawler of USA Today said of the pilot, "Baldwin, who had a short-lived talk show on MSNBC in 2013, is a decent interviewer, but the talk never gets too deep or reveals new insights about his subjects" and that he "tries his level best, but the show is too slight to really click. It just might not be his Sunday."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rose, Lacey (February 27, 2018). "ABC Orders Alec Baldwin Talk Show, Plans Post-Oscars Sneak Peek (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Rose, Lacey (March 1, 2018). "Alec Baldwin on His ABC Talk Show, Woody Allen Fallout and 'SNL' Future". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (February 27, 2018). "ABC Orders Alec Baldwin Talk Show; Sneak Peek To Air After Oscars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 27, 2018). "Alec Baldwin to Host Talk Show for ABC". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 15, 2018). "ABC Fall 2018-19 Schedule: Alec Baldwin Talk Show Part Of All-Unscripted Sunday, Friday Comedy Block Returns". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (October 9, 2018). "'Alec Baldwin Show' Sets Guest List: Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro, Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Norway's Prime Minister". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 6, 2018). "Alec Baldwin's ABC Talk Show Banished To Saturdays". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Perez, Lexy (March 2, 2018). "Alec Baldwin's ABC Debut: 'SNL' Impressions, Jerry Seinfeld, Kate McKinnon Interviews". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 6, 2018). "'Sundays with Alec Baldwin' Gets Respectable Sampling; Ratings Below Jimmy Kimmel's Post-Oscar Specials". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - alec baldwin show, the on abc | TheFutonCritic.com". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 16, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.14.2018 | Showbuzz Daily". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 23, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.21.2018 | Showbuzz Daily". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 30, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.28.2018 | Showbuzz Daily". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 6, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.4.2018 | Showbuzz Daily". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "The Alec Baldwin Show: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sundays with Alec Baldwin". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  17. ^ Gay, Verne (March 5, 2018). "'Sundays with Alec Baldwin': New talk show has potential". Newsday. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  18. ^ Lawler, Kelly (March 5, 2018). "Review: Alec Baldwin previews lackluster 'Sundays' talk show". USA Today. Retrieved March 5, 2018.

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