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Alec Baldwin Will Host a ‘Match Game’ Reboot: That’s __________!

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In a move that would surely have 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy jumping for joy, Alec Baldwin, who played the series’ fictional Fortune 500 exec, has been named host of a brand new Match Game reboot series. Your days are numbered, MILF Island.

According to Vulture, the actor and activist will serve as authority over the next-wave game show, which originally shot to popularity in the 1970s and challenged contestants to partake in what was essentially a modified, celeb-studded game of Mad Libs. Originally hosted by Gene Rayburn, Match Game would ask provocative fill-in-the-blank questions to dueling solo contestants, who’d try to match answers offered by famous panelists like Betty White and Dick Martin.

Once in awhile, the show would strike gold, and prompts would lead to answers as mystifying as “Boobs!” — see below.

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NBC’s Match Game update, which is scheduled for a June 26 premiere at 10 PM EST, will spearhead a new ABC game-show block called “Sunday Fun & Games.” The ten-episode series will air alongside Celebrity Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, and a new iteration of the The $100,000 Pyramid.

Baldwin will donate his appearance fees to arts enrichment programs through the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation.

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While the new host has yet to front a game show in an official capacity, his many SNL host gigs have likely prepared him. Baldwin appeared as Tony Bennett in the show’s 40th anniversary Celebrity Jeopardy segment and also drew laughs in a “Japanese Game Show” sketch.

What do you think about Baldwin taking over the iconic game show? Tell us if you’ll be watching this summer in the comments.

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