If you’re anything like me, Sunday nights already fill you with a creeping sense of dread accompanied by a lingering film of anxiety and malaise. So when ABC announced that it just picked up 8 episodes of Sundays With Alec, an hour long interview show modeled after Alec Baldwin‘s podcast with a premiere to be aired immediately following the Academy Awards, I just went ahead and slit my wrists preemptively. I’m a ghost now and frankly, I think it’s for the best.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed my decision with the following quote from ABC:
“Alec’s intellect, wit and wealth of life experience afford him a voice and perspective we haven’t seen before in this format,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “When we shot the pilot, we knew immediately we had something special … that showcases Alec as one of today’s most compelling conversationalists and highlights the type of intimate discussions that he has captured on his podcast for years.”
As a ghost with no corporeal existence I’m unable to roll my eyes, sigh despondently, shake my head or throw excrement at the screen in response to this news. Those are actions of the flesh; I’m on a higher plane now. Here’s more of what you living humans have to look forward to on SWA.
Going forward, Baldwin will aim to include two interviews per show, letting them collectively stretch the entire hour, save commercial breaks. Like his podcast, which has featured lengthy conversations with everyone from Barbra Streisand to Anthony Weiner, Sundays With Alec Baldwin will line up actors, comedians, politicians and other newsmakers in the American pop culture sphere as guests.
The premiere episode will feature interviews with Jerry Seinfeld and Kate McKinnon. Be sure to set you DVR’s to record an extra three hours after the Oscars so you don’t miss a second! Sleep is for the dead (hey, that’s me!). I wonder how long before Alec gets Woody Allen to come on the show. ABC will probably let him, maybe for sweeps week. When they inevitably reboot Battle of The Network Stars, yet again, they’ll have an executives only competition to see who can suck Alec’s dick (and schweddy balls) the hardest. I’ll be sorry to miss that actually but maybe somebody can seance me in, I’m pretty sure Skype still works where I am.