Actor takes on TCM's film showcase

HOLLYWOOD — Alec Baldwin has signed as co-host of Turner Classic Movies’ pics showcase “The Essentials.”

The “30 Rock” star is a movie buff who will undoubtedly have a lot to say — in his typically animated fashion — about the pics and their influence on filmdom and pop culture. Baldwin will co-host the Saturday 8 p.m. slot with TCM’s Robert Osborne. Rose McGowan co-hosted with Osborne last year.

Upcoming titles getting the “Essentials” treatment include “Rocky” (March 14); “Cat Ballou” (March 21); “Ben-Hur” (March 28); and “Take the Money and Run” (April 4).

Separately, TCM said it has tapped John Lithgow to host “The Essentials Jr.,” a weekly family-film showcase set to run June through August.

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