Alec Baldwin is graduating from the world of podcasting to cable news television, with MSNBC announcing that the 55-year-old will host a new weekly current events and culture talk show titled "Up Late with Alec Baldwin."

“After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” said Baldwin. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.”

There have long been rumors that the former "30 Rock" star would make this move. Earlier this year, Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter that one of his dream jobs would be as a "60 Minutes" correspondent. 

"That show would be the pinnacle of the marriage between my political beliefs, my political curiosity and wanting to communicate to people on camera to a broader audience," he said.

On Baldwin's popular "Here's The Thing" podcast, he has interviewed everyone from PETA's Dan Mathews on animal rights issues to celebrities such as comedian Chris Rock, Oscar winner Michael Douglas, and political strategist Ed Rollins. 

“I’ve been talking with Alec for a while and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC,” said Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC. “He’s got such passion for ideas and what’s going on in the world — he’s going to be a great addition to our line-up.”

"Up Late with Alec Baldwin" will air on Fridays from 10 to 11 p.m. ET starting in October on MSNBC.

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Alec Baldwin to host new MSNBC talk show
'Up Late with Alec Baldwin' to start airing in October.