In some maybe unsurprising information, ABC will reportedly not be bringing again the game-show stalwart Match Game, hosted by Alec Baldwin. Rather than search for a brand new anchor to fill the actor’s sneakers, they’re apparently canceling the present outright.
As Variety famous, the way forward for Match Game was a “source of speculation” following the tragic incident by which a prop gun Baldwin was holding led to the dying of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the unbiased movie Rust final yr. However, the commerce paper contended that “ABC’s decision to cancel ‘Match Game’ is not related to that incident” and new episodes haven’t been filmed because the since 2020, earlier than the beginning of the pandemic. The final time episodes aired was in summer season 2021, based on Deadline.
Baldwin representatives didn’t instantly reply to a V.F. request for remark over the weekend.
Baldwin first started internet hosting Match Game in 2016 and served because the present’s government producer. The perennial quiz program, by which contestants pair with celebrities and take a look at to determine fill-in-the-blank phrases, has been on and off the air since 1962. The unique host was Gene Rayburn. In the Seventies, the good Charles Nelson Reilly held court docket as a daily celeb visitor. And, after all, the premise reached its zenith as a copycat phase on RuPaul’s Drag Race as Snatch Game.
The celeb company on Baldwin’s iteration of Match Game have lined a broad spectrum of popular culture, together with everybody from Michael Che, Cheryl Hines, Jason Alexander, and Caitlyn Jenner, to Ice-T, J.B. Smoove, Ellie Kemper, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Baldwin was additionally nominated for a Primetime Emmy as Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2017.
While a family-friendly sport present on American tv, notably a community owned by Disney, will not be in his future, Baldwin does produce other initiatives lined up. He’s begun manufacturing on two Christmas motion pictures together with his brother William Baldwin and Italian producers in Rome. Billie’s Magic Word and Kid Santa might be live-action/animation hybrids, each directed by Francesco Cinquemani. The Italian filmmaker beforehand labored with William on the 2021 film The Christmas Witch (additionally within the forged: Tom Arnold) and with Alec on the 2015 sci-fi image Andron: The Black Labrynth. It is unclear if both movie ever opened within the United States, however The Christmas Witch did okay for itself, incomes over $9 million on the field workplace, nearly all of it from Italy.
Baldwin additionally launched a real crime podcast in February, Art Fraud, which he narrates.
Elsewhere in his life, nevertheless, there may be appreciable tumult. The actor filed a court docket declare in March stating that his contract on Rust, on which he served as a producer in addition to co-star, prevents him from being held financially answerable for Hutchins’s dying. In February, Hutchins’s household listed Baldwin amongst different names in a wrongful-death lawsuit.
On a extra optimistic notice, Hilaria Baldwin, Alec’s spouse, introduced this week that she is with little one. This would be the couple’s seventh. Hilaria’s Instagram video breaking the information reveals the Baldwin brood romping across the carpet, as Alec hovers over them, taking a knee. (I’ve watched this clip quite a few instances, and I merely can’t inform if there’s a stool or small chair concerned. Maybe you’ll be able to.) Surf Mesa and Emilee Flood’s “ily (i love you baby),” which reworks Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” performs within the background.
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