You’ve gotta love Alec Baldwin’s political savvy. After having made a public proclamation that he’s done with acting, and living in New York City, turns out neither one is true. He’ll make a perfect mayor…on television, that is. After all the trouble the actor’s had with his runaway mouth the past few years, perhaps Baldwin realized his shot at real life mayor-dom wasn’t looking so great, but an HBO run will come pretty damned close.
Then again, Baldwin must have retained some of his charm, as THR reports “a heated bidding war” over the new series, an hour-long drama in which he’ll play a wealthy philanthropist and real-estate developer who “unexpectedly” becomes mayor. Baldwin’s character is a divorced father and “celebrated socialite/tabloid fixture” (sound familiar? Baldwin calls him “Trump without the baggage.”) who is quickly installed following an indescript tragedy that befalls upon the incumbent mayor.
HBO has already made a series commitment; Baldwin will also executive produce along with Cary Brokaw (Lullaby, Angels in America).