Alec Baldwin is preparing for life after “30 Rock,” he mentioned on an interview show on New York Public Radio’s WNYC on that will be available via podcast starting 10/24. Baldwin said that he’s been exploring other things to do, knowing that his small-screen life as crazed TV exec Jack Donaghy is heading toward its end.
Baldwin said his “30 Rock” contract ends after the upcoming sixth season. There’s a possibility the show might be extended another year, but he said he’s not sure whether he wants to do it. “I might,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to prevent them from having another year, because they’re all my friends and they’ve been good to me. Maybe I would do a piece of the year. But I really do want to move on to other things.”
His 30 Rock work has led to movie offers he wants to explore. Baldwin also talked about getting into politics someday, but that would require a transformation and take time: “I have to finish what I’m doing now and separate these two parts of my life. I haven’t really formalized that. It’s like the difference between going to Jon Stewart and Jim Lehrer. The jokes have to stop, everything has to be on the record.”
Baldwin has also been signed to do his own interview-podcast show. The first interview posted will be with actor Michael Douglas, who talks about watching “Glee” with his young daughter. Other interviews to follow will be with Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, reality-show celebrity Kris Kardashian Jenner, comic Chris Rock, actress Kathleen Turner, author Erica Jong and veteran talk-show host Dick Cavett, WNYC said.
His mixture of guests on the radio show will take in several fields, although he leans toward fellow entertainers. Baldwin said he’s particularly interested in talking with show-biz veterans about the directions their careers have taken and how they keep the juices flowing, reports The Huffington Post.
He’s an admitted public radio junkie who has filled in on the air for New York’s WNYC and also helped with fund drives. After his on-air work as a substitute host for Kurt Andersen, both Baldwin and WNYC were interested in doing something more, said Dean Cappello, SVP/programming at New York public radio. “Alec is one of our hometown guys.”
New interviews will be available about once a week. Cappello told The Post he expects they will eventually be made into an on-air radio show, but those plans aren’t set yet.