The NBC late-night saga continues. With the Tonight Show transition set, the attention is shifting to the other members of the network’s late-night lineup. NBC brass had been hinting of wholesale changes, and that may include the least-talked-about program in late-night, Last Call With Carson Daly, which has quietly made it to 12 seasons. The New York Times is reporting that NBC is in early talks with Alec Baldwin about potentially taking over the 1:35 AM half-hour. NBC has already laid the groundwork for a potential Baldwin late-night stint. Following his seven-year run on the network’s 30 Rock, the network kept the Emmy-winning actor in the fold with a two-year overall deal inked late last year. Baldwin already has proven his chops as a comedy performer with a record 16 stints as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Additionally, he’s been honing his skills as interviewer with his weekly podcast Here’s The Thing, in which he interviews famous people. And taking on a half-hour late-late night program won’t be as time consuming as hosting an hourlong show like Tonight or Late Night, allowing Baldwin take acting jobs. UPDATE: I hear that there is interest in Baldwin for potential NBC’s late-night opportunities, largely based on his popular podcasts, though things have not progressed beyond that yet.
It would be interesting whether Lorne Michaels, who was behind turning Baldwin into SNL’s top host and bringing him to primetime with 30 Rock, would also be involved in the actor’s potential foray into the late-night talk show circus. Michaels already runs SNL and will executive produce The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. He may also keep his grip on Late Night, especially if his protege Seth Meyers gets the gig. Can he take it all?