Baldwin To Co-Host TCM’s ‘Essentials’

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Alec Baldwin will co-host TCM’s movie showcase program The Essentials beginning in March, network officials said Wednesday.

Baldwin joins TCM host Robert Osborne in introducing “must see” movies each week, with an eye toward helping viewers better understand why these films are important and the impact they had on audiences and the culture at large.

Baldwin has previously appeared on TCM as part of the network’s Guest Programmer series. Earlier this year, he hosted the TCM special Role Model: Gene Wilder, in which he sat down with the comic actor for an intimate conversation about Wilder’s life and career.

TCM’s The Essentials showcase airs each Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

“Of all the contemporary stars who have appeared on TCM over the years, Alec Baldwin is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate about classic film,” Tom Brown, vice president of original programming for TCM, in a prepared statement.

Past hosts have included filmmakers Rob Reiner, Peter Bogdanovich and Sydney Pollack. Robert Osborne took over hosting duties in 2005, paired with film critic and author Molly Haskell. 

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