Mayor Bill de Blasio has not seen ESPN’s popular docuseries “The Last Dance,” but he has been binging Showtime’s “Billions” with wife First Lady Chirlane McCray amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have not seen that series,” de Blasio said during his daily coronavirus press briefing when asked if he watched the finale of the ESPN documentary that focuses on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls and includes the Bulls-Knicks rivalry of the early 1990s.
De Blasio, who went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts with Knicks Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing, said his “ego has never recovered since” Ewing, who is 6-foot-8, walked past de Blasio, who is 6-foot-5, in the high school hallway.
“I used to think I was tall until the day I was walking down the hallway in high school and Patrick Ewing walked by me for the first time and definitely my ego has never recovered since,” de Blasio said through laughter, adding, “He’s an amazing player and an amazing person.”
So what has the mayor been binging during the lockdown? De Blasio said about a year ago he and McCray watched HBO’s “The Wire” and they then re-watched the five-season show during the pandemic-sparked lockdown.
“What Chirlane and I do is we tend to latch on to one show and see it through,” the mayor said.
De Blasio said they also binged HBO’s “Treme” and then FOX’s “Empire,” which Hizzoner called “not always the most high-minded show.”
Most recently, amid the coronavirus crisis, de Blasio and McCray have been watching Showtime’s “Billions,” which had its season five premiere earlier this month.
“We’re going through that from the beginning,” de Blasio said of the show, which depicts corruption from Wall Street to the federal and state prosecutors’ offices.
“We never watched when it first came out,” de Blasio said, calling the show starring Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis an “incredibly well-acted and well-written show.”
“That’s part of the day we get to take our mind off something,” the mayor said of the show, which airs original episodes on Sunday nights.
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