Ol' Blue Eyes' (possible) son is coming to a TV near you.
Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and possibly Frank Sinatra, has been named the host of a new weekday MSNBC show debuting early next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 25-year-old, who is known for his activism, worked as an Obama administration foreign policy official. MSNBC had been in development talks with Farrow for several months. A Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law School graduate, Farrow has appeared on MSNBC and CNN in the past, and has also written for The Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune. He also worked in the State Department, where he founded the Office of Global Youth Issues, and served as an adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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"I think what people crave is more involvement in the story," Farrow told THR. "There has been a democratization of information. But what they still crave, and what I crave as a TV viewer, is a guide on how people can have agency in the story. And this show is all about empowering people to do that. People want a return to real democracy. They want to respond to these events [in Washington] that there is so much frustration about."
Farrow has been in the headlines in recent weeks after his mother told Vanity Fair that he may be the son of her ex-husband Sinatra, and not the son of her former partner Woody Allen. At the time, Farrow laughed off the media coverage on Twitter: "Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son." (That sense of humor could come in handy during tense political debates on his new show!)
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Farrow said it was less than ideal for the announcement of his new show to come so shortly after the controversial article was released. "It's a story that's been out there for a long time," he told THR. "If anything, I was surprised to see it go so far this time. Of course it is an annoyance to have such a high-profile distraction from the substance of what I'm working on; a very meaningful project like this TV show that I think can actually make a difference to people and matter."
However, Farrow is hardly the only MSNBC host with strong ties to Hollywood. Alec Baldwin just premiered his new Friday night show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin, to strong numbers and weeknight host Lawrence O'Donnell served as a producer on The West Wing.
Will you watch Farrow's new show?