Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making international headlines for some time, and his notoriety has yet to wind down. 

In fact, it has reached the point where a character inspired by the scandal-plagued mayor may become the focus of a new U.S. television show. 

Alec Baldwin is rumoured to be in talks to play a "Rob Ford-like mayor of New York City," according to the Hollywood business news site Deadline.

The show would be a one-hour cable series, the pilot to be written by Wells Tower and executive-produced by Cary Brokaw and Baldwin. 

Baldwin is developing the new TV show with NBC Productions.

Shortly after Deadline reported the entertainment tidbit, Twitter users reacted in surprise, humour and a bit of horror.