Cable news shake-up, day two: MSNBC to carry on tradition of boorish liberals in primetime

posted at 1:21 pm on August 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

First Olby, then Scary Larry O’Donnell, now this. With each new hire, we creep a little closer to seeing an MSNBC host actually take a swing at one of his guests.

In honor of AB’s last public meltdown, a commenter in Headlines suggests calling the show “Foot Up Your Ass with Alec Baldwin.”

Mediaite has learned from a senior source in the cable news industry with knowledge of MSNBC’s programming that actor Alec Baldwin is getting his own weekly show in MSNBC’s primetime lineup.

According to our source, the so far untitled show will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics.

The gig would make sense, considering Baldwin’s long history with the NBC family. He starred on the network’s award-winning sitcom 30 Rock for seven years, has frequently hosted Saturday Night Live, and hosted the network’s American airing of 2007′s Live Earth concert. Most important, Baldwin’s fiercely liberal and often combative political views make sense for a network that has become the place for progressive viewpoints on cable.

Consider this the logical conclusion of the brief, abortive movement to get Capital One to fire him as spokesman after he called that Daily Mail reporter a “toxic little queen.” Despite hulking out publicly in various embarrassing ways over the years (NRO has a list of five lowlights), he’s paid no penalty. He’s a celebrity, usually likeable in his roles as an actor, and he’s got the right politics, so he can count on powerful allies to go to bat for him when need be. Getting his own show on America’s most stridently liberal cable news net is the icing on the cake. Look at it this way: He’s a far more innocuous figure than Al Sharpton, right?

Besides, in fairness to him, his show will probably be the most watchable thing they have on the air. As a performer he’s vastly better than, say, Chris Hayes, and he can probably swing some A-list guests who wouldn’t deign to appear on MSNBC otherwise. If he interrupts the “Republicans are a cancer on America” boilerplate for interviews with Matt Damon, people will watch. Better this than another thousand “Lock-Up” re-runs, in any case.


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With each new hire, we creep a little closer to seeing an MSNBC host actually take a swing at one of his guests.

And that would be so effin cool!

Blake on August 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The outtakes of that show will be AWESOME.

“Bring me a coffee you little whoore! I said decaf you PIG!”

portlandon on August 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

“Foot Up Your Ass with Alec Baldwin.”

Yeah baby!!!

Followed by “You little Pig” whenever he interviews children.

ToddPA on August 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

“Watchable” and “MSNBC” should not be used in the same sentence.

If I were sentenced to a million years in purgatory and MSNBC was the only thing I could watch, I would appeal the sentence.

NoDonkey on August 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

“Please watch us. Look! We got Alex Baldwin to lecture you”

Pathetic

HotAirian on August 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

This makes me sad for humanity.

Capitalist Hog on August 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

FNC has / is changing their primetime line-up for the first time in a decade – while during that same time, MSDNC has probably changed theirs 60+ times.

What’s Einstein’s definition of insanity – trying the same thing again and again while expecting different results?

Clearly, the leadership of MSDNC is clinically insane.

Which only fits – most of the losers hosting their programs are also clinically deranged.

Athos on August 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Please air live, please air live, please please please!

Fezzik on August 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I’m sure that both of their viewers will be delighted.

kingsjester on August 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

MSNBC, a network that P.T. Barnum would’ve loved. And Baldwin would be his all time best bearded lady.

TXUS on August 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Will he have as his “roundtable” the Neanderthal guys
from Capital One??

ToddPA on August 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

WTF with autoplay? Seriously, it’s 2013. You can control the audio.

Capitalist Hog on August 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Maybe he can recreate that mashup he did when he guest hosted an Air America radio call-in show and nobody called. That is a classic tape.

DanMan on August 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

You know MSNBC has had to buy multiple duplicate set pieces for his show. The chances of him destroying a chair/desk/Prompter during a commercial break hissy fit is over 90%.

His meltdowns will be legendary.

“I’m Live? WTF do you mean it’s live? You Pig! You never told me I was live you f***ing paraquat.”

portlandon on August 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Baldwin is not as good a liar as the rest of the psychotic MSNBC lineup … although I’m betting he’ll outdo the fat Schultz and socialist O’Donnell for hysterical screaming.

Maybe Baldwin, Schultz and O’Donnell can get together and scream at each other.

darwin on August 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

His selfish pig daughter must be so proud.

2Tru2Tru on August 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

His meltdowns will be legendary.

“I’m Live? WTF do you mean it’s live? You Pig! You never told me I was live you f***ing paraquat.”

portlandon on August 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on August 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

This is shocking too.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Moral of the story: Use a gay slur to refer to a homosexual reporter and the Left will reward you with your very own primetime TV gig!

steebo77 on August 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Ah yes, the drunkard wife beater (just ask Darryl Hannah about that episode) who is nothing more than a boorish ego-maniac. Perfect fit for MSNBC since it’s not a news station anyway. It’s more like a dysfunctional liberal family.

Cherokee on August 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

“All five viewers of MSNBC are reportedly delighted with the change!”

dominigan on August 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Giving Alec Bladwin an MSNBC Show is like giving a match and gasoline to a Buddist Monk.

kingsjester on August 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The best thing about Baldwin’s repeated meltdowns is not the insults he employs, but the modifiers he pairs with those insults. To wit:

rude, thoughtless pig

and

toxic, little queen

I can’t explain why exactly, but the adjectives really add something that would otherwise be lacking.

steebo77 on August 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Baldwin is a good fit in a lineup with a number of others who are certifiably nuts: Scary Larry, Special Ed, Crazy Chris #1 (Matthews), Crazy Chris #2 (Hayes).

bw222 on August 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

With each new hire, we creep a little closer to seeing an MSNBC host actually take a swing at one of his guests.

They’re going to clone Morton Downey Jr.?

rbj on August 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

The outtakes of that show will be AWESOME.

“Bring me a coffee you little whoore! I said decaf you PIG!”

portlandon on August 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Wait a sec. I thought coffee was for closers.

Doughboy on August 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

I will guarantee that his show will garner a blog post here everyday, probably by AP. Baldwin’s a guaranteed “hit” machine.

TXUS on August 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

WTF with autoplay? Seriously, it’s 2013. You can control the audio.

Capitalist Hog on August 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

.
Using Firefox with the addon “Flashblock 1.5.17″ will fix that for you.

listens2glenn on August 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

+10 points, Allah, for the sweaty, disheveled photo!

cynccook on August 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

With each new hire, we creep a little closer to seeing an MSNBC host actually take a swing at one of his guests.

Taking the Jerry Springer Show paradigm a step further.

Rather than guests taking swings at each other the host and guests will take swings at each other.

farsighted on August 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Does that mean he can’t get a TV or movie gig?

dogsoldier on August 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I will guarantee that his show will garner a blog post here everyday, probably by AP. Baldwin’s a guaranteed “hit” machine.

TXUS on August 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

.
Absolutely.

Plus, think of all the ‘material’ it’ll provide for Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, etc.

listens2glenn on August 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Alex: ‘So, Rev Al, what would you like to talk about tonight?’

RAS: ‘How about dem Greek homos?’

Alex: ‘Yes, let’s talk about those ouzo-drinking, toxic, little queens!’

MSNBC, the home of two flagrant gay-bashers!

Whatever will Thomas Roberts do?

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Weiner to join MSNBC next.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I don’t know how he will be in this show but, he was great in “Team America”.

Dr. Frank Enstine on August 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

“Foot Up Your Ass with Alec Baldwin.”

Yeah baby!!!

Followed by “You little Pig” whenever he interviews children.

ToddPA on August 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I wouldn’t lt a child anywhere near that sleazeball…well, I mean other than his own little pig :)…

jimver on August 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

If the two Also-ran Networks, MSNBC and CNN were more business and less political, they could hurt Fox by offering Hannity a prime time slot. In so doing, they could boast being the ONLY cable network with a conservative commentator. Megyn Kelly is undeniably smart and sexy with a deep voice but she is in her 40s and her political philosophy, center-left, will cause viewers to drift away after an initial surge. Of course, for political reasons, MSNBC and CNN will not orchestrate this obvious coup.

MaiDee on August 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Talk about The War on Women … MSNBC has hired Alec “The Woman Beater” Baldwin!?

Karmi on August 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Weiner to join MSNBC next.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

With his numbers going down faster than his pants, I wouldn’t be surprised…he will need a rehabilitation in the media a la Spitzer :) before the Dems recycle him for a new position :)

jimver on August 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I guess we won’t have to worry about that pesky firewall separating news and entertainment.

cbenoistd on August 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

because liberal wife beaters make such charming talk show hosts.

tommyboy on August 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I’m actually betting this show will do ok, at least at first. Baldwin is a talented performer and has a big name.

LukeinNE on August 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

What’s the over-under on how long it will take for him to make some outlandish racial or homophobic comment that will force MSLSD to make an on-air apology? I’m guessing about 15 minutes.

RoadRunner on August 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

MSNBC – comedy central of the 21st century.

sadatoni on August 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Baldwin is a talented performer and has a big name.

LukeinNE on August 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

So are you saying the entire show will be completely scripted, with professional writers? Because he’s shown that when he’s on his own, he’s a self-centered, obnoxious, racist, misogynistic jerk.

RoadRunner on August 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I think South Park should do an episode with Alec Baldwin as the subject.

birdwatcher on August 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Darn.

Me, the wife, and the kids will really miss that awesome, wholesome, family embracing Lock-Up Show…

patman77 on August 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I guess we won’t have to worry about that pesky firewall separating news and entertainment.

cbenoistd on August 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Sure there’s a firewall, it’s just that MSNBC is on the entertainment side of it.

Fenris on August 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

We all should be very grateful that a superior human and superior intellect like Alec Baldwin is going to enlighten us with his wisdom… His light will shine through the darkness of our lives… Glory to Alec Baldwin one of our Lords and Masters…

mnjg on August 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Ah yes, the drunkard wife beater (just ask Darryl Hannah about that episode) who is nothing more than a boorish ego-maniac. Perfect fit for MSNBC since it’s not a news station anyway. It’s more like a dysfunctional liberal family.

Cherokee on August 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I think this may be mixing two liberal celebrity scandals together. Alec Baldwin was married to Kim Basinger, not Daryl Hannah. For her part, Daryl Hannah made allegations against Jackson Browne re: physical abuse.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

First show will be on anger management and the proper etiquette on Twitter…

d1carter on August 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Alec Baldwin: Compelling actor; liberal lunatic.

He’ll get ‘em some ratings, at least initially, but as many will tune in to watch him burst into flames as to hear what he has to say…

And he will burst. They get Alex Jones on his show and it will look like an explosion at a Chinese fireworks factory…

CaptFlood on August 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Talk about The War on Women … MSNBC has hired Alec “The Woman Beater” Baldwin!?

Karmi on August 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Can you imagine AB trying moralizing about the treatment of other human beings.

Mark my words: There will be spittle.

Liberty calls the kettle’s bell. 2014.

listens2glenn on August 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

BamBam and Dino called texted. They want their browser back.

Capitalist Hog on August 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

This would be the equivalent of FNC giving Ted Nugent his own prime-time show.

heretic on August 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Baldwin is a talented performer and has a big name.

LukeinNE on August 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Unless you took your kids to Cat in the Hat, and then never went to a movie theater again in your life. And now I’ve had to cancel my CapOne credit card too.

So are you saying the entire show will be completely scripted, with professional writers? Because he’s shown that when he’s on his own, he’s a self-centered, obnoxious, racist, misogynistic jerk.

RoadRunner on August 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

MSLSD will allow him to be a self-centered, obnoxious, racist, misogynistic jerk, and that’s what they are counting on for ratings.

kirkill on August 9, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Twitter’s best tweet:

Alec Baldwin on @msnbc. That’s like chlamydia getting herpes. But ickier. #KruiserFeelings—
SFK (@stephenkruiser) August 09, 2013

I don’t care who you are, that there is funny….and true.

jukin3 on August 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Forgive me Pater. I have forsaken question marks.

Capitalist Hog on August 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Who?

LaughterJones on August 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM

This would be the equivalent of FNC giving Ted Nugent his own prime-time show.

heretic on August 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

No where even close to equivalent. Ted Nugent is a kind, caring and compassionate human being. Where do you get your info?

kirkill on August 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

“Foot Up Your Ass with Alec Baldwin.”

I lol’d.

nicktjacob on August 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The gig would make sense, considering Baldwin’s long history with the NBC family. He starred on the network’s award-winning sitcom 30 Rock for seven years, has frequently hosted Saturday Night Live, and hosted the network’s American airing of 2007′s Live Earth concert. Most important, Baldwin’s fiercely liberal and often combative political views make sense for a network that has become the place for progressive viewpoints on cable.

30 Rock, never ranked in the Top 60… ever.

SNL – their best guest is always Justin Timberlake

2007 Live Earth was dismal failure – and an ecological nightmare of a few hundred thousand tons of pollution (the irony…) Of course “founded” by AlJezeera Gore, pre-$10M ocean side mansion.

He is not exactly a ratings driver. And he is a TRUE wife beating, racist, homophobic.

Odie1941 on August 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

First Olby, then Scary Larry O’Donnell, now this. With each new hire, we creep a little closer to seeing an MSNBC host actually take a swing at one of his guests.

Ironically, this would be the thing that would vault them into contention with Fox.

Good Lt on August 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

He is not exactly a ratings driver. And he is a TRUE wife beating, racist, homophobic.

Odie1941 on August 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Makes you wonder if all these SNLers have something on Lorne Michaels. How else to explain the incest at this network?

monalisa on August 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Guess old “Tiger Blood” Charlie Sheen wasn’t available, huh?

BKennedy on August 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Baldwin’s a total POS as a human being, but I find it hard to hate him as an actor.

Kind of like one would feel about Richard Wagner.

Good Lt on August 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I hope conservatives will agree to go on the show and bait him into a meltdown. Apparently it doesn’t take too much.

Adjoran on August 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

EVERYONE must listen to balwin, America’s #1 parent (I exclude casey anthony ONLY because she is no longer a parent – because of her despicable child murder), viciously berate and verbally abuse his daughter over the phone, including calling her a “pig.” (Recordings of baldwin’s unconscionable treatment of his daughter can be found on the internet.)

The verbal, physical and psychological abuse baldwin relentlessly inflicted on his first wife, kim basinger, is thoroughly documented in her divorce filing.

One never knows whether lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist baldwin’s uncivil, outrageous, offensive, hate-filled remarks and violent actions result from his sociopathic nature, his massively misogynistic nature or just his general lunatic-left mental defectiveness.

With such outlandish behavior, baldwin certainly fits the standard profile of a lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist, who totally ignores the views and wishes of others and does whatever he wants. Like other socialist extremists, he’s a dictatorial ruler of everyone that gets in his way. Kind of a slightly-more-male version of corrupt, crazy dingbat pelosi.

No wonder the lunatic-left want him in power. Rational people would want him placed in a mental institution. (NB: If you want to see the REAL alec baldwin, watch his move Miami Blues (1990) and remember, HE IS NOT ACTING.)

TeaPartyNation on August 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Enough with the autoplay crap, too.

Anyone who wants to hear Matt Damon’s opinions can click “play” on their own.

Adjoran on August 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Better this than another thousand “Lock-Up” re-runs, in any case.

Lockup isn’t as crazy as this will be.

BacaDog on August 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Clearly another admission by MSNBC that it has no problem embarrassing itself just to stay in the game. But I won’t tune in until it completely throws in the towel and starts airing “Ow My Ballz!”

Erich66 on August 9, 2013 at 3:10 PM

I’m sorry, but I have to do it.

Here are your bats–t crazy Hollywood morons as they take over Crazy Town: Alec Baldwin provides stiff competition to Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson.

NSFW Warning!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MXpIaY-P9U

ICBMMan on August 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I wonder how Little Queen Maddow, Big Queen Hayes and Drama Queen O’Donnell feel about that.

OxyCon on August 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

It’s about time they had a gay host on their, I mean besides Matthews and Schultz.

NoDonkey on August 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Put the coffee down!!!!

COFFEE… Is for journalists…

JohnGalt23 on August 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Who cares? I have MSNBC blocked on my dish. In fact, I completely forget it exists until I read something about it.

avagreen on August 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I think this may be mixing two liberal celebrity scandals together. Alec Baldwin was married to Kim Basinger, not Daryl Hannah. For her part, Daryl Hannah made allegations against Jackson Browne re: physical abuse.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Yes, thanks for correcting me on this. After a while I start getting these wife beaters a bit mixed up. Thanks again for pointing out the facts on this.

Cherokee on August 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

If he interrupts the “Republicans are a cancer on America” boilerplate for interviews with Matt Damon, people will watch.

If he’s interviewing Damon, there will be double the boilerplate.

Burke on August 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Does he know more people watch him rant on a NY sidewalk than will watch him on MSNBC?

fogw on August 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Giving Alec Bladwin an MSNBC Show is like giving a match and gasoline to a Buddist Monk.

kingsjester on August 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

That reminds me of my favorite P. J. O’Rourke quote: “Giving money and power to Congress is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

Baldwin is a talented performer and has a big name.

LukeinNE on August 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

So are you saying the entire show will be completely scripted, with professional writers? Because he’s shown that when he’s on his own, he’s a self-centered, obnoxious, racist, misogynistic jerk.

RoadRunner on August 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

It’s MSNBC! It’s not like he’s going to be able to run it into the ground….

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Enough with the autoplay crap, too.

Anyone who wants to hear Matt Damon’s opinions can click “play” on their own.

Adjoran on August 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Don’t be hatin’ on the Matt Damon video. It’s priceless.

Like when he’s shocked that an ex-president would say, “we don’t live in a democracy.”

Or his utter cluelessness about the actual evidence found during the Zimmerman trial.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Since Baldwin will likely have numerous, newsworthy breakdowns, maybe this can be spun as a step back towards reporting on breaking news. You saw it here first!

TexasDan on August 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

“Rude, thoughtless, little Pig” still comes to mind.

(A Baldwin’s words- not mine)

FlaMurph on August 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I’d be more inclined to name AB’s show:

“Alec Baldwin’s Foot in my Mouth”

HilliardPatriot on August 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

This would be the equivalent of FNC giving Ted Nugent his own prime-time show.

heretic on August 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I’m so there.

Axe on August 9, 2013 at 7:09 PM

No wonder the lunatic-left want him in power. Rational people would want him placed in a mental institution. (NB: If you want to see the REAL Alec Baldwin, watch his move Miami Blues (1990) and remember, HE IS NOT ACTING.)

TeaPartyNation on August 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Also Mercury Rising (1998). This was also about the last movie he made before his indulgences caused his former “boyish good looks” to go completely south.

He is increasingly coming to resemble Marlon Brando. In all respects other than acting ability, that is.

cheers

eon

eon on August 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Hell, I’D watch “Foot Up Your Ass with Alec Baldwin.” Good comedy is hard to come by!

eyesights on August 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

No wonder the lunatic-left want him in power. Rational people would want him placed in a mental institution. (NB: If you want to see the REAL Alec Baldwin, watch his move Miami Blues (1990) and remember, HE IS NOT ACTING.)

TeaPartyNation on August 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Exactamundo. He didn’t even succumb to “Become the Joker” syndrome like that one actor did. He WAS the Joker from day one, by long years of willfully choosing to descend into utter lunacy.

MelonCollie on August 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM