NBC renews Carson Daly for 13th season amid Alec Baldwin rumors

NBC renews Carson Daly for 13th season amid Alec Baldwin rumors
Carson Daly, host of “Last Call” and “The Voice,” heard some good news from NBC.
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Don’t worry, Carson Daly -- NBC isn’t done with you yet.

The network announced Wednesday that it will renew “Last Call with Carson Daly,” the 1:35 a.m. talk show that rounds out its late-night offerings, for a 13th season.


Funny timing, that. The renewal came on the very same day that media were digesting a report that NBC is in talks with former “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin about possibly taking over Daly’s slot.

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Only cynics would assume that giving Daly the thumbs-up now has something to do with trying to smooth things over after the Baldwin thing leaked out. Because NBC clearly has no problem with seamlessly transitioning its late-night TV hosts. (Jay Leno, white courtesy phone please.)

NBC has good reason to keep Daly happy: He happens to host its singing contest “The Voice,” which is just about the only hit NBC has right now.

On the other hand, “Last Call” is finishing up its 12th season now, so the renewal only commits NBC until the middle of 2014. At which point, anything could happen.

What do you think of Daly and “Last Call”?



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