You’ve got to give Alec Baldwin credit: the man certainly knows how to keep his career interesting. For instance, this past summer he reprised his role as Alan Hunley in the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible: Fallout, he frequently does an impression of the President of the United States on Saturday Night Live, has appeared at political events opposing the man he mocks, was briefly going to play Bruce Wayne’s father in the Joker film, guest stars on Will & Grace, hosts the game show Match Game, and, now, takes on the role of interviewer in the ABC Sunday night series, The Alec Baldwin Show.
The latter got off to a rocky start this past Sunday, coming in as the lowest-rated show of the evening — this despite the fact that his guests were Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson and veteran actor Robert De Niro. Truth be told, you couldn’t find two more opposite guests in that Taraji doesn’t need much to launch into one entertaining story after another, whereas De Niro, one of our most acclaimed actors, barely articulates himself in this kind of setting, forcing Alec, 60, to handle the lion’s share of the conversation — essentially defeating the purpose of an interview show.
Whether or not the show picks up ratings-wise in the weeks to come remains to be seen, but in the second episode, airing on Oct. 21, Alec’s guest is Kim Kardashian West. Notes ABC, she “spends the hour talking to Alec about her famous family, including husband Kanye West; her impressive journey from reality star to entrepreneur and her recent political advocacy.”
From there — and we don’t know which interviews will be airing on which nights — he certainly has gathered a wild mixture of subjects, among them Robert F. Kennedy Jr., RuPaul, Kerry Washington, former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, Jeff Bridges, Sarah Jessica Parker, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Mike Myers, Regina King, Gloria Allred, Ricky Gervais, and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg. How’s that for variety?
The Alec Baldwin Show airs at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.