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Alec Baldwin gets MSNBC talk show

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September 5, 2013 05:27 PM EST | AP

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NEW YORK — 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. Eastern time. 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.

"After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I've developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field," Baldwin said.

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" will be back in familiar territory. MSNBC said the show will be taped at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.