Is Alec Baldwin heading to late night?

Late night is getting shaken up even more. After it was announced last week that Jimmy Fallon would be taking over Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show," rumours began that Seth Meyers is being sized up to replace Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night." Now, more rumours a stirring with news that Alec Baldwin might get his own late night NBC gig, too.

While planning is still in its "initial stages," Baldwin would (potentially) host "Last Call," the half-hour show now belonging to Carson Daly, who's also currently hosting NBC's "The Voice." This isn't necessarily surprising: Baldwin's been a favourite "Saturday Night Live" host since the 1990s, and his role as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock" has earned him critical and commercial praise (not to mention actual awards). Throw his podcast ("Here's The Thing," which has seen guests like Lena Dunham and Chris Rock) into the mix, and you've got the makings of a good late night show host -- one that appeals to younger, up-and-coming generations, too.

Because here is the thing: the late night circuit needs this boost. While hosts like Leno and Letterman are iconic, it's time for newer talent to take the helm and reel in younger audiences. It's not a dig at showbiz veterans, it's the way showbiz works: hosts move on, new hosts move in, and another generation grows up along with them. Alec Baldwin, a familiar face and a favourite among "30 Rock," viewers fits in with that ethos perfectly, while also allowing Carson Daly to focus on "The Voice" for the same network. It signals an exciting change.

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But that being said, when will Canada get their crack at late-night relevance? With George Stroumboulopoulos now splitting time between the CBC and CNN, Canada is arguably at a loss for a someone to helm their own talk show. Mike Bullard hosted "Open Mike With Mike Bullard" from 1997 to 2003 on CTV andThe Comedy Network, then "The Mike Bullard Show" from 2003 to 2004 on Global, but ultimately his late-night ventures were cancelled. Sure, we now have "MTV Showtown," but while it embraces a late night format (that is, it's on at 11 p.m.), it doesn't feature the type of high-profile guests that American talk shows draw. So, is it about making room for a Canadian "Late Night" equivalent, or letting Stroumboulopoulos wave the talk show flag on his own?

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Canada is at no loss for talent, and at no loss for creative people. What we are at a loss for is our own self-worth: if Strombo can carve his own path, so can other journalists, comedians, or Canadian personalities with a unique perspective. Personalities like CBC's Sook-Yin Lee would bring a thought-provoking (as well as a much-needed female) presence to late night, while Nathan Fielder (of "Nathan For You") would be an on-target choice to reel in younger audiences. (Though yes, we know he's now in L.A., and has his own show on Comedy Central.)

Ultimately, Canadians deserve their own late night identity, too, in addition to reaping the benefits of NBC's decisions. Because who are we kidding -- we'd watch Alec Baldwin's show in a heartbeat.

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