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ABC Renews Match Game, Signs First-Look Deal with Alec Baldwin

And his company inked a deal with ABC

Amanda Bell

Alec Baldwin's putting the AB in ABC.

Baldwin's Match Gamehas been renewed for a third season, ABC announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association fall previews in Los Angeles. "Alec's quick wit, charm and star power set the stage for an unadulterated and can't-miss hour of television each week on Match Game," network President Channing Dungey said in a statement. "The series is an integral part of ABC 'Fun & Games,' and I'm glad to have it and Alec back."

In addition to securing a renewal for Match Game, Baldwin has also signed a first-look deal with ABC for his company, El Dorado Pictures, to create scripted and unscripted project ideas that he would then produce.

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Before joining ABC for Match Game, Baldwin was something of an NBC company man -- very literally speaking, in the case of his 30 Rock character, Jack Donaghy -- with a record-breaking number of hosting appearances on Saturday Night Live, in addition to landing the leading role in the network's upcoming live production of A Few Good Men.

Baldwin's turn as Match Game's host earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program.