Friday, May 24, 2024

NBC Renews Carson Daly, Ends Crazy Rumor About Alec Baldwin Talk Show


Late yesterday NBC swiftly announced the renewal of Carson Daly’s very late night show “Last Call” that follows Jimmy Fallon. This was meant to end the crazy speculation earlier in the day that actor Alec Baldwin might get his own show at 1:35am. It seems like that story began in the New York Times, of all places, and was immediately picked up by blogs who didn’t realize that a) Daly has a long term deal with NBC that includes hosting their number 1 show in prime time “The Voice” and b) The Times had been spun by a publicist who exaggerated Baldwin’s own deal with the network.

This came only hours after Baldwin said in an interview that he was “born to spit…on Rupert Murdoch.” The Times piece, published late in the day on April 9th, was either completely a “plant” or it was some kind of ploy by NBC– now fully engaged in using the media to conduct negotiations with its late night stars–to hasten Daly into a new agreement for the next season of his show. Either way, Alec Baldwin was never going to be hosting a late night show.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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