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TV Junkie: Alec Baldwin to quit acting? NBC's Not So Jolly Xmas; 'Raising the Bar' Dumped by TNT

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In the December issue of Men's Journal Alec Baldwin states that he's lost interest in acting and that he will retire at the "30 Rock" wrap party and/or in 2012. This would be an unfortunate loss for both the small and big screen. Baldwin states that his lack of success in film is a big reason behind his disillusionment. But wait, word has it that Baldwin is strongly favored to be an Oscar nominee for his role in the yet-to-be-released It's Complicated. It will be interesting to see what happens if Baldwin were to win an Oscar at the awards show he will be co-hosting and it will be interesting to see if that changes his mind about his profession. Whether he wins or not, we'd really like to see him stay, and to see a lot more of him.
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The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA) Local 11 is threatening to derail NBC's planned Christmas tree lighting broadcast at Rockefeller Center tomorrow night unless negotiations on a new contract start picking up. More info is available at their website NBCStoleChristmas.com. The broadcast was originally set for tomorrow night at 8pm and was to have included co-hosts Jane Krakowski, of ‘30 Rock,’ and Zachary Levi, of ‘Chuck,’ featuring performances by Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Shakira, The Roots and The Radio City Rockettes.