6:54pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Alec Baldwin Exits ABC's Kenya Barris Straight-to-Series Comedy (Exclusive)
Alec Baldwin out.
The actor, who was attached to star in a straight-to-series show from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, has exited the untitled multicamera comedy. Technically speaking, he was never formally attached to star in the project. Baldwin, who will remain an executive producer on the comedy, exited after reading the script, when he and producers Barris and Julie Bean (Grown-ish) realized the part wasn't right for him. Baldwin also is said to have wanted to film the show in New York — which would have posed a problem for Barris, who shoots Black-ish and spinoff Grown-ish in Los Angeles.
The comedy is now reverting to a pilot as a casting search for a new lead begins.
Baldwin co-created the series with Barris and Bean and was poised to play a fading TV star who moves in with his progressive daughter, her girlfriend and the child they are raising together.
The comedy — which was picked up straight to series in December amid offers from multiple outlets — had already begun casting for its supporting roles. It is being produced by ABC Studios, where Baldwin, Barris and Bean are all under overall deals. It's unclear why Baldwin chose to exit the series at the network, for whom he hosts Match Game and has a weekly talk show in the works.
Baldwin is fresh off an Emmy for his supporting role as President Donald Trump on NBC's Saturday Night Live. (He continues to pop in as needed this season.) The actor signed the first-look deal with ABC in August, moving to the Disney-owned studio after a long run with 30 Rock producers Universal Television.
The Barris comedy was to be Baldwin's first scripted TV regular role since his Emmy-winning turn on NBC's 30 Rock.
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