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Alec Baldwin to Return as Co-host of TCM's "The Essentials"

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Two-time Emmy® winner Alec Baldwin ( 30 Rock ) is returning for a second season as co-host of The Essentials on Turner Classic Movies ( TCM ). In his first season, Baldwin displayed a deep knowledge of classic films. Baldwin and TCM host Robert Osborne will return in 2010 with a new slate of "must see" movies each week.

The Essentials airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. ( ET ). The 10th season will kick off in March 2010 with Elia Kazan's 1951 version of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Marlon Brando and Oscar® winners Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. The season will feature four Best Picture Oscar winners, including The Best Years of Our Lives ( 1946 ), Gigi ( 1958 ), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Sting (1973 ), as well as Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Black Orpheus ( 1959 ).

For the first time, The Essentials will include special late-night installments, with the seminal 1970s films Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Serpico (1973).

Other titles for 2010 include the groundbreaking Bonnie and Clyde ( 1967 ) and The Graduate ( 1967 ); the delightful Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets ( 1949 ), with Alec Guinness in eight different roles; and the work of several top-name directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock ( Strangers on a Train – 1951 ), Frank Capra ( Meet John Doe – 1941 ), John Ford ( My Darling Clementine – 1946 ), Stanley Kramer ( Judgment at Nuremberg – 1961 ) and George Cukor (the newly restored A Star Is Born – 1954). The complete schedule for next year's installments of The Essentials will be announced later.

"I have enormous respect for TCM and Robert Osborne," Baldwin said. "TCM has stayed true to its mission, with a vast library of movies from many different decades. I'm proud to be able to sit down with Robert again."

"After we wrapped our first season together, I remember thinking how many more films I would like to discuss with Alec," Osborne said. "Now we have that chance."

Prior to co-hosting The Essentials, Baldwin appeared on TCM as part of the network's Guest Programmer series. In 2008, he hosted the TCM special Role Model: Gene Wilder, in which he interviewed the comic actor.

Baldwin is one of Hollywood's most charismatic and prolific actors. He currently stars with Tina Fey in the hit comedy series 30 Rock, which just earned him his second Emmy. He has also earned a Golden Globe®, a Screen Actors Guild Award® and a Television Critics Association Award for his performance on the show.

Baldwin's many film credits include The Departed; The Cooler; The Hunt for Red October and Glengarry Glen Ross. This Christmas, he will co-star in Nancy Meyer's It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin, and he will soon begin production on the thriller Solitary Birds. On stage, Baldwin won acclaim and a Tony® nomination for his work opposite Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire, which also garnered him an Emmy nomination for the television adaptation. Baldwin's production company, El Dorado Pictures, co-produced TNT's Emmy-nominated miniseries Nuremberg and the feature film State and Main. He also wrote the book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey through Fatherhood and Divorce.

Past hosts of The Essentials included filmmakers Rob Reiner, Peter Bogdanovich and Sydney Pollack. Robert Osborne took over hosting duties in 2006, paired with film critic and author Molly Haskell. He was joined by actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher in 2007 and actress Rose McGowan in 2008.

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network celebrating 15 years of presenting great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, along with hosting a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


I think Alec does a great job on The Essentials, so I'm happy to hear this. He seems so passionate about film so he's a great fit. I'm also very happy about two of the Essential movies for this upcoming year featuring you-know-whoooo.

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