NBC has renewed its late night talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly for a 13th season, following a recent report about Alec Baldwin possibly talking over hosting duties.
"Last Call" debuted in 2002 and airs on weeknights at 1:35 a.m., at the same time U.S. networks run various syndicated shows. A recent report provided by Nielsen shows the series received an average rating of 0.9 among adults between ages 18 and 49 during the last week of March.
"Over 10 yrs now in NBC LATENIGHT- not one single day goes by I'm not incredibly grateful," the longtime TV host, who rose to fame on MTV's "TRL," Tweeted "Excited for another season!"
Carson Daly has worked as a TV host for more than 15 years. He made his major TV debut when he was in his 20s as a host of the first version of the popular MTV show "Total Request Live," later known as "TRL," in the late 1990s. Currently, he is pulling double duty on NBC -- in addition to "Last Call," he hosts its primetime singing contest series "The Voice."
Baldwin, who played Jack on "30 Rock" from the NBC sitcom's 2006 debut until the end of its 7-season run in January, was reportedly in "initial talks" to become a late-night TV host on the network, according to an April 9 report by the New York Times," which added that the "most likely landing place for a show hosted by Mr. Baldwin would be in the latest of NBC's entries, the show now called 'Last Call.'"
Baldwin did not comment about the report. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he would ever host a talk show, he said: "It depends on the format and who it was for and what the schedule was like. Those guys that do talk shows have that terrible condition where they have to pretend everybody's special. I don't know if I could do that."
Baldwin has worked as a TV host before, but not regularly. He hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" several times and co-hosted the 2010 Oscars with Steve Martin. He also has his own podcast.
What about "Late Night"?
News of the renewal of "Last Call" comes about a week after NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon, an "SNL alum and the current host of "Late Night," the talk show that airs before Daly's, would take over "The Tonight Show." He is due to replace Jay Leno in 2014, ending the longtime host's 22-year run, which was not continuous due to Conan O'Brien's nine-month stint in 2009 and 2010.
NBC has not revealed what will happen to "Late Night." The Hollywood Reporter said before NBC announced the Leno-Fallon switch that "SNL" cast member and writer Seth Meyers is "the strong frontrunner" to take over for Fallon on "Late Night." NBC has not commented about the report.
An NBC spokesperson confirmed to OTRC.com that "Last Call with Carson Daly" would continue to air on weekdays at 1:35 a.m.
Meanwhile, Baldwin praised Fallon in his interview with the trade outlet, saying: "I think that Jimmy's going to be the greatest talk show host, along with David Letterman and Johnny Carson, ever."
(Pictured above: Clockwise from top left: Carson Daly, 39, appears on 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Sept. 16, 2012. / Carson Daly, 25, poses at MTV studios in New York, where 'TRL' was filmed, on April 2, 1999. / Carson Daly interviews comedian Eddie Izzard on NBC's 'Last Call with Carson Daly' on Sept. 16, 2012.)
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