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Hizzoner, Alec Baldwin

Several years ago, the actor Alec Baldwin told the New York Times that he was interested in being mayor of New York City.

“I am someone who is fully prepared for the fact that I could go into this and do it and completely have my ass kicked,” he said at the time of the prospect of running for office. “I could throw a party and no one could come. And it would be this staggering lesson for me.”

This week, he got the job – on TV.

First reported by Deadline Hollywood, HBO is developing an untitled television pilot that would star. Baldwin as a billionaire who becomes mayor of New York City after tragedy strikes the office’s previous occupant.

It will be Baldwin’s first TV project since “30 Rock,” for which he won two Emmy Awards.

The hourlong drama will be written by Wells Tower, the author of the short-story collection “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.”

– New York Times

‘First Ward’ second helping

By popular demand, WNED-TV has scheduled a second showing of the documentary “Buffalo’s First Ward.”

It will re-air at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The first airing at 8 p.m. Monday received a 2.6 rating, a strong one for a public broadcasting program.

The rating was within range of Fox’s “Gotham” (3.8) and a two-hour edition of ABC’s “The Bachelor” (3.9) on Channel 7.

NBC’s “The Voice“ won the hour with a 13.4 rating on Channel 2, with a repeat of the CBS series “The Big Bang Theory” getting a 9.2 on Channel 4 and an episode of “Mike and Molly” a 10.0 following it.

Initially, WNED had no plans to repeat the program. It is a beautifully filmed, nostalgic hour in which historians, community leaders, Buffalo residents and other experts did a great job explaining the history of the area from Irish immigration in the mid-19th century, to the successful period of the grain mills before it ended in the mid-20th century, and the 21st century resurgence of interest in the area and the downtown community.

Megan Wagner, the director of corporate communications for WNED, wrote “we’ve been receiving extremely positive feedback on social media about the program. We’re thrilled it has resonated so well with the community.”

– Alan Pergament

Reckoning with a ‘Force’

“Star Wars Rebels” continues to offer up gifts for the fans. On Monday’s first-season finale, it reintroduced the beloved character Ahsoka Tano from “The Clone Wars” animated series. Now it’s recruiting a former vampire slayer.

On Tuesday, “Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni announced that Sarah Michelle Gellar would be joining the voice cast of the Disney XD series in Season 2 in a recurring role.

Gellar is known to most genre fans as the title character from Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series. But she’s also married to Freddie Prinze Jr., who voices Kanan Jarrus, the Jedi survivor of the “Rebels” series.

Gellar joins an already-impressive voice cast that also includes David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray.

– Los Angeles Times