Today marks the 84th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, which allowed Americans to once again drink legally. Today is also ironically when I found out that Alec Baldwin, who is bad, is developing a talk show. This show, along with talk shows hosted by white men in general, is a thing I would like to prohibit.
The show will be an extension of Baldwin’s current WNYC radio show (and podcast) Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, which launched in 2011 and features interviews with various celebrities and political voices. Was anyone asking for this show? Definitely not! But here we are. ABC is staying mum on the details (like what time it might air and what it will be called) and there is no official premiere date for the show, although according to The Hollywood Reporter, production will begin next week. If it lasts longer than his previous talk show on MSNBC, which ended in disaster and scandal after just five weeks, he can even call it a success.
Baldwin won an Emmy this year for his work portraying Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and just released a book last month, a parody memoir of Trump’s first 100 days in office. And who knows? Maybe the show will be poignant and good and highlight interesting voices! And maybe it will, much like Prohibition, provide an extremely principled but ultimately doomed and misguided form of resistance. Anyway, now that we’re giving Baldwin more platforms to speak easy (sorry), thank goodness we can all thank our stars that Prohibition was repealed because I need a drink. Or something.