In real life Alec Baldwin has toyed with the idea of running for mayor of New York City, but de Blasio need not fret. His mayoral ambitions are now centered on the small screen. HBO is developing a one-hour drama that would star Baldwin as a “billionaire real estate developer, divorced father, philanthropist, society fixture and celebrated libertine,” according to the logline, who “unexpectedly” becomes mayor of New York City, EW has confirmed.
The show, which has a production commitment, is being written by Wells Tower and executive produced by Baldwin and Cary Brokaw.
Baldwin described the character to Deadline as “Trump without the baggage, Bloomberg but a Democrat, George Soros if he was in real estate, a left-leaning Democrat who is also a businessman who understands the reality of how the city has to be run to create the right climate for the business community.” Baldwin cited House of Cards as an example of what a show can do: “You can create these Shakespearean character arcs, and pull the curtain back on how New York City is actually run and how political careers are made and lost in the city.”